Alabama: Tide quarterbacks about to lose protective shield

photo Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) works out during preseason NCAA college football drills on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Jason Harless)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Take the snap. Drop back. Survey the field.

That part won't change from practice to the game for Alabama's co-starting quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims. What comes next is a different story.

Those black noncontact jerseys won't travel down Bear Bryant Drive from the training grounds to the stadium. No, against Kent State in the 12:21 p.m. EDT Saturday opener, the quarterbacks will be facing live fire for the first time in a while.