Tommy Tuberville didn’t leave any doubt when discussing which quarterback should start at Alabama in 2018.
Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM on Wednesday, the former Auburn and Ole Miss coach was asked how he would handle the quarterback competition in Tuscaloosa featuring Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Tuberville’s pick? Hurts by far.
“Jalen Hurts has got to be the starting quarterback right now,” Tuberville said in the radio appearance. “I mean, the guy has won tons of games. Now, he got into the National Championship Game, and he couldn’t complete a pass [against Georgia]. They had them all on the line of scrimmage, and his passing has got to get better.
“Jalen Hurts, the ball is going to be in his court. He’s got to be able to throw the ball better. I think he’s a great leader. He understands how to win. I think he can run the offense. … I think Jalen Hurts will be the quarterback going in.”
Tuberville went on to mention how he thinks the competition will continue throughout the fall. Sure, there’s plenty of attention on Tagovailoa after the young player led Alabama back from a 13-point halftime deficit against the Bulldogs in January. But Tuberville makes a notable point that you can’t overlook what Hurts, who’s 26-2 as a starter, has done with the Crimson Tide.
Plus, Hurts has shown an ability to take care of the ball by throwing just one interception last season. There are many positives to Hurts, even if it’s clear Tagovailoa’s passing ability allows the Crimson Tide to stretch defenses more.
Keep your eyes on Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide’s quarterback situation continues to unfold.
Click below to listen to the complete interview featuring Tuberville:
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) April 11, 2018