Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide gets one last game with McCarron, this year's Heisman Trophy runner-up, before it must endure a similar quarterback battle.
McCarron won 36 games in his three seasons as the starter and led the Tide to consecutive national championships in 2011 and 2012.
“That'll be a really good competition this spring,” said Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. “Really, really excited about our young players on the roster at that position. With any young quarterback there's a steep learning curve, and for those guys it's about getting snaps every day and continuing to progress.”
Oklahoma never seriously recruited Cornwell, instead choosing to pursue another local quarterback — Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen. He committed to the Sooners last April.
Like Cornwell, Hansen also missed most of his senior season. Hansen suffered a high-ankle sprain in October and never returned to action.
Both Cornwell and Hansen will be at the Under Armour All-America game in Orlando, Fla., during the Sugar Bowl. Neither quarterback will play in the game itself, but both are there participating in other activities.
“Both hurt, both from Oklahoma,” Cornwell said of Hansen. “Good kid. Good to get to know him a bit more. We haven't really talked about the game. He doesn't try to trash talk you at all.”