Alabama football: Jalen Hurts impresses the first family of quarterbacks

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Jalen Hurts’ performance at the Manning Academy. 

Jalen Hurts is the latest in a long line of Alabama quarterbacks to work with Archie, Eli and Peyton Manning at the well-known Manning Passing Academy. As the season approaches, the focus on Hurts’ offseason growth will intensify to solar proportions, but, as Eli notes, the early signs are good. Hurts’ legendary work ethic favors his success, and if the two-time Super Bowl MVP says Hurts can throw it well, Alabama fans can take heart.

But then again, Eli did this once, so who can say?

Hit up this BamaOnline slide show for visual evidence of Hurts’ offseason work.

ICYMI

Built by Bama

• Former Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders is an MMA champion. Anders won the Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight championship belt by unanimous decision against Brendan Allen on Friday night.

• Emma Talley won the Island Resort Championship by 3 strokes after a weather delay shortened the LPGA’s Q-School tournament. Justin Thomas wasn’t in contention at the Travelers Championship, but he did have this eerie prediction of Jordan Spieth’s winner. Bud Cauley finished 4-under par at that tournament, tied for 35th.

• In Major League Baseball …

  • Alex Avila appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, going 1 for 1 with a single as Detroit beat San Diego, 7-5.
  • Relief pitcher Tommy Hunter recorded 2 strikeouts across 1 2/3 scoreless innings as his Rays fell to Baltimore, 8-5.
  • Adam Morgan fared worse, giving up 2 runs, 3 hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings as the Phillies lost to Arizona, 9-2.

Around the Capstone

• TideSports/The Tuscaloosa News ran its annual breakdown of the Alabama athletic program as a whole over the weekend. Of note, the staff broke down the whole program’s record in the SEC, where it lost most of its games. The staff also power ranked the teams’ performances this year and over the last seven.

• At least four Alabama athletes will compete for their national teams at the IAAF World Championships in London in August. Ruebin Walters won the 110-meter hurdles national championship for Trinidad and Tobago, while his countrywoman Domonique Walters finished fourth in the 400-meter dash to qualify. Steven Gayle finished third in the men’s edition of that event for Jamaica. Quanesha Burks finished fourth in the long jump for the U.S.

• The women’s golf team was among the best in the country last season, expected to contend for the national championship, as usual. But, as Aaron Suttles writes, that season went up in smoke when the team went 40-over par in the first round of the national championship tournament. But, as any golfer knows, those days happen — often at the worst times. Coach Mic Potter knows that and expects to be back in contention next season. 

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