Alabama football: Expect the SEC Offensive Player of the Year to improve in 2017
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the promising future for an already great quarterback.
The summer months slow things to a crawl down here, where it’s too hot to move with the frenetic pace of an October Saturday. It gives a minute to pause, to take stock of things, to look ahead, to get our bearings before the coming season.
Our Christopher Walsh took a moment on Thursday to examine the controversial case of Jalen Hurts, the explosive SEC Offensive Player of the Year who broke the mold of the typical Alabama quarterback in several ways. While Hurts’ skill on the ground is impressive and his ability to throw on the run is underrated (as is his deep ball), the fact remains that he needs to have more consistency in pass-first situations or when reading complicated defenses down to multiple reads.
The good news? He’ll almost certainly improve dramatically during his sophomore season, when the archetypal pocket passer, Greg McElroy, enjoyed a 10 percent boost in some of his numbers. That kind of boost — including a decrease in interceptions — would make Alabama’s offense historically dominant.
- Marq Burnett’s 12th most important player for the season is a speedy receiver who has to put it all together now.
- For Roll Bama Roll’s 72-day countdown, it’s Christion Jones’ best day ever.
Built by Bama
• Tyrone Prothro, he of the far-famed catch against Southern Miss and the gruesome injury against Florida, will join the coaching staff at Spanish Fort High School, a regular championship contender in Alabama’s second-highest classification, 6A. Prothro reportedly has been an aspiring coach since his college career, but this will be his first opportunity to join the profession.
• DeAndrew White was cut by the New England Patriots.
• In the golf, the Travelers Championship has been unkind to Alabama players. Bobby Wyatt leads the pack at 1-under par, tied for 51st. Bud Cauley is at even par, tied for 76th, while Trey Mullinax is 2-over and tied for 111th. Justin Thomas and Jason Bohn are 3-over par, tied for 125th. Much work to be done on Friday before the cut.
Around the Capstone
Several Alabama athletes are competing at their nations’ national championship track and field meets this weekend, emblematic of the remarkable progress Dan Waters’ program has enjoyed this year. Unfortunately for those athletes, Thursday was a tough day at the races. Tony Brown was disqualified for a false start in his first heat of the 100 meters and Diondre Batson pulled up with a bad hamstring in the same race.