Neither Alabama quarterback was invited by Nick Saban to join him at SEC Media Days. That won’t keep our attention from focusing on that position when it comes to thinking about the Tide this fall.
As it stands, both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa seem to have an equal shot at winning the starting job – at least that’s what Nick Saban says. Whether that’s accurate or not following their dramatically different performances in the national championship game remains to be seen. Most people think the job is Tua’s, but I’m not 100% sold on that.
Here’s how Jalen Hurts can win “back” the starting quarterback job at Alabama.
Hurts’ list of accomplishments as the starter at Alabama are considerable. He took over the starting position in his freshman year and lead the Tide to an SEC Championship while collecting SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman Player of the Year awards. Despite not playing well in the playoffs and having to endure an offensive coordinator change going into the championship game, Hurts almost pulled off the championship win if not for an incredible game-winning drive by DeShaun Watson and Clemson.
Going into year two, Hurts again had to adapt to a new offensive coordinator yet continued his winning ways, leading Alabama back to the Playoff and a 26-2 cumulative record as the starting quarterback. Hurts continued to struggle in the playoffs and was eventually benched in the championship game and had to watch freshman Tua Tagovailoa lead the team to a win.
Hurts’ sideline demeanor and willingness to cheer on his team and replacement won over fans as Hurts showed poise beyond his years in the middle of a difficult situation.
Going into the A-Day spring game, and with Tagovailoa out for much of spring due to injury, Hurts had a chance to capitalize on the situation by proving how much he had improved. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Hurts struggled in the spring game and was even outplayed by the third-string quarterback Mac Jones.
Despite all of this, Hurts still has a chance to prove once again that he should be the starter come September 1st.
First, the Tide once again welcome a “new” offensive coordinator in Mike Locksley who has held a position on this coaching staff for a couple of years now. Hurts is no stranger to this type of change and going into year three knows exactly what Nick Saban expects out of this position and his offense. Hurts doesn’t turn the ball over much and knows the personnel well.
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