Recently, most of the talk about Alabama’s quarterback competition featuring Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa has concentrated on Hurts’ future with the Crimson Tide. Among some, Tagovailoa is the favorite to be named Alabama’s starting quarterback in the fall because of his ability to stretch defenses with his arm talent.
But is it possible for the Crimson Tide to win another national title this year by playing both Hurts and Tagovailoa? To ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter, that’s the case.
Speaking on ESPN’s Campus Conversation podcast with Matt Schick and Adam Rittenberg, Trotter said Alabama has the potential to threaten for a second consecutive national championship using both quarterbacks. Trotter makes a thoughtful point when explaining why he’s “not even sure it matters” what Nick Saban’s team does at quarterback in 2018.
“Could they win the national championship this year if they rotated two guys? I’m not so sure that they couldn’t,” Trotter said on the podcast. “Now, Clemson’s going to be really good. Georgia’s on the way. Ohio State, I think, is going to be really good again. But I think Alabama could potentially play two quarterbacks if they wanted to and still win the national championship.
“It’s not like Hurts had a phenomenal season last year, and look what happened. They make a quarterback change at halftime [against Georgia], play a guy that has never played before, and they still win the national championship. So to me, I’m not even sure it matters. I mean, Alabama is going to be right there again no matter, really, what they do at quarterback.”
Usually, it would seem treacherous for a program to balance two quarterbacks instead of settling on one. Still, the situation might work in Tuscaloosa if Hurts and Tagovailoa are willing to make it happen.
Of course, there’s the possibility that the player who isn’t named the starter will transfer. But Trotter is right that Alabama’s depth will allow the Crimson Tide to compete for another national championship no matter the eventual choice behind center.