Jalen Hurts led Alabama to a perfect regular season, SEC championship, and within one second of winning the national title as a freshman. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 13 more scores.
Despite the extremely successful rookie campaign, there are some who are question whether or not Hurts can throw the ball; saying he is a running quarterback.
One fellow SEC quarterback doesn’t want to hear it.
“All that crap about ‘He can’t throw it,’ that’s not true,” South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley said at SEC Media Days on Thursday. “He can spin it.”
The two took part as counselors at the Manning Passing Academy earlier this summer. Bentley, himself, started as a true freshman last season as well, taking over the Gamecocks job under center halfway through the season. In seven games, he threw for 1,420 and nine touchdowns.
The achievements of Hurts have been overshadowed by all the talk of his supposed inability to be an accomplished passer along with the arrival of 5-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, creating a controversy that should have ended before it started.
If Bentley’s words are true, and Hurts continues to improve, that will be bad news for SEC defenses.