Add Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims to the list of people who sees Jalen Hurts making big progress from the start of his freshman season to now.
The senior wideout said that Hurts has improved his maturity going into his sophomore season, part of an interview posted by the school before Saturday’s game against Colorado State.
That on-field leadership, Sims said, is making a difference in the huddle.
“It’s maturity level,” Sims said. “From last year until now, he’s way maturer, coming in and out of the huddle, getting us ready for the next play. When something goes bad, he gets our minds focused on the next play.”
Hurts, a sophomore, enjoyed a dominant performance in last week’s 41-10 victory against Fresno State, with 154 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns to go with 128 passing yards and one touchdown through the air. That includes a 55-yard scoring sprint just 39 seconds into the game.
Still, Hurts has come under some scrutiny from pundits and fans for his development as a passer, something coach Nick Saban says is unjustified.
Through two games this season, Hurts has thrown for just 224 yards and two touchdowns despite expectations that he would become a more developed passer in his second season as starter.
Last season as a true freshman, Hurts was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,780 yards, 23 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide will meet the Rams at home Saturday night.
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