The Jalen Hurts vs. Tua Tagovailoa drama in Tuscaloosa has reach what appears to be a boiling point, and it seems like everyone has an opinion on what should happen next. Even former Crimson Tide players, such as former standout offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
In the wake of Hurts’ dad giving the impression that his son would transfer from Alabama if he did not secure the starting quarterback role for the Crimson Tide during an interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes that was released on Thursday, Jones was asked to give his opinion on what’s going down in Tuscaloosa during a Friday morning radio appearance with SEC This Morning’s Peter Burns and Jacob Hester on SiriusXM.
Jones, who won three national championships under Nick Saban during his time at Alabama, knows a thing or two about what a championship quarterback looks like. So the fact that he’s on “Team Tua” might be telling.
“Everyone knows that Jalen still wants to be the starter and I respect that about him,” Jones said during a Friday appearance on SiriusXM Radio. “Now, do I think that will happen? I don’t. It’s just hard for me to believe after what we saw out of Tua. And I know it was just a half [of football]. I get that, I understand. But it was more than that. That was a huge change for Coach Saban to make, and honestly, if you talk to people behind the scenes it is something that had been brewing for a while.
“I think it’s more about the team. And to me, what I saw on the field– even though it was only a half– I felt like the team really had confidence and believed in [Tagovailoa]. Not that they played harder, it’s just that there was a different level of excitement when he was on the field. That’s why I think he’ll be the starter. Obviously he’s a talented kid and all of that stuff, but at the end of the day it comes down to the team and I think that’s who the team believes in.”
Jones went on to say that he’d understand if Hurts wanted to transfer. He believes he’d be the starting quarterback at more than 100 schools around the country.
Yikes. It’s a tough time for Hurts. The young quarterback led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national title game appearances during his first two seasons on campus and it seems there is a swell of momentum from some around the program that want him removed from the starting role. That’s pretty much the definition of the “life comes at you fast” saying people often use.
It will be interesting to see how the “Tua vs. Jalen” saga plays out after spring practice concludes on Saturday, as a throwing hand injury has put Tagovailoa on the shelf indefinitely.
You can listen to the clip from Jones’ radio appearance here:
As good as Jalen Hurts is, @BarrettAJones believes Tua Tagovailoa should be the guy for the Crimson Tide this season.
— Frank Fowler (@FrankFowlerSEC) April 20, 2018