Jalen Hurts has another person to fight off to remain the starting quarterback at Alabama, at least according to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm preseason watch list.
The website for the award listed UCLA’s Josh Rosen as playing for Alabama:
This might be seen as more salt in the wound to Hurts, who won the SEC Offensive Player of the Year award last season as a freshman. There is also the question of a “quarterback controversy” in Tuscaloosa between Hurts and newcomer Tua Tagovailoa earning a lot of hype.
While head coach Nick Saban has stated that he thinks both will get a chance to play, it is obvious that the offense belongs to Hurts, who threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 13 more scores.
But Hurts was not included on the watch list because Unitas Award candidates “must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class,” according to the foundation.
John C. Unitas Jr. , president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, confirmed the watch list intended to include UCLA’s Rosen.
“I’m sure Jalen Hurts, when eligible, will be on the list at some point in his college career,” he said in an email to SEC Country. “He’s a very good player and has great QB vision.”
Two Alabama quarterbacks have won the Unitas Award — A.J. McCarron in 2013 and Jay Barker in 1994.
Contributing: Mike Bambach