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Joe Namath is a believer in Jalen Hurts

Joe Namath
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Joe Namath definitely is a fan of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Namath said on Tide 102.9 in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday that he has been told Hurts has made improvements from 2016.

“Coach (Nick) Saban has spoken very highly of Jalen again going into this fall,” Namath said. “How he’s taken the leadership role on more naturally. He’s gotten wiser with what he went through last year. He’s smarter and more advanced with the offense.”

It is no secret that Hurts is trying to improve as a downfield passer in 2017. While he was named the SEC’s offensive player of the year and helped Alabama to a 13-1 finish, he struggled as a passer down the stretch; Hurts was 31-of-65 (47.7 percent for 326 yards in the Tide’s final three games last season.

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Namath watched Hurts closely last season and liked what he saw.

“I thought he was remarkable last season,” Namath said. “I think he’s remarkable now for a young man. Obviously it starts at home, and his mom and dad in Texas did a wonderful job with him.”

Namath played three years for Alabama, from 1962-64, and helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national title as a senior.

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