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Ranking the 5 greatest quarterbacks in the Nick Saban era at Alabama

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Oct 14, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) reacts on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 Alabama off-season has been filled with quarterback debates so I decided to look at the top five quarterbacks who have started for the Tide since Nick Saban took over in 2007. Obviously, winning is a big factor in the rankings, but statistics and overall impact on the team also carries weight.

Whether they were multi-year starters or just started for one year, here are the top five quarterbacks, so far, during the Saban era:

5. Jalen Hurts

Let’s begin with the good.

Hurts won the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year awards in his first year at Alabama. Hurts lead the Tide to an SEC Championship win in 2016 and a Playoff semifinal win.

Hurts struggled in the playoffs and championship game, but still showed flashes of brilliance in year one.

The following year started out in similar fashion with Hurts and Alabama rolling through the competition. Hurts had good numbers, although his play lacked any noticeable improvement from his freshman season.

Despite a late season loss to Auburn and being pulled at halftime in the national championship game, Hurts was 26-2 as a starter and showed great poise when he was benched. Hurts deserves a ton of credit for his leadership and athleticism and did win an SEC Championship, which is the least you can do as a starting quarterback in this era.

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