Jalen Hurts may only be a sophomore, but he’s speaking like a man who is ready to lead the nation’s most revered college football program.
And after coming up one play short of winning a national title with the Crimson Tide as a true freshman QB, who could blame him?
As part of SiriusXM’s camp tour, the crew visited Tuscaloosa for a preseason visit to be aired on Thursday.
“My deal is competing every day and holding myself accountable,” he told SiriusXM College Sports. “To go out there and try to prove every day in every aspect of the game– throwing, running, whatever it is– just trying to improve. That’s been the goal this year.
“Obviously, last year was a little bit of a different situation. But now this is my team and they look at me when a play needs to be made. And I’m fine with that. I just try to handle my business.”
— SXM College Sports (@SiriusXMCollege) August 17, 2017
It’s a part of a continued mature approach from the young quarterback, who many consider to be one of the favorites for Heisman consideration in 2017 after accounting for 36 Crimson Tide touchdowns (23 through the air and 13 on the ground) during a sterling debut season.
Last week, SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears spent some time with Hurts in the Alabama football complex. The message from Hurts to the former LSU star, as captured by SEC Country’s Marq Burnett in an in-depth Q&A, was that of a maturing player.
Spears: I talked to Jalen Hurts. It was by chance. He came in and we were in the lounge. Just chilling, watching a movie. I had a chance to talk to him about his maturity and what he was looking forward to this season. Obviously, the generic answer is always getting better at everything. But he wants to be able to push the ball downfield more and have some success in the passing game. He thought that would open up a lot of things for them offensively.
Hurts’ maturity will be put to the test immediately, as Alabama opens its season with a much-anticipated clash with Florida State at brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 2. The Seminoles are considered one of the top teams in the nation, and their defense has had all offseason to watch film of Hurts’ freshman effort and prepare.