Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was impressive as a freshman in 2016, throwing for 2,780 yards and 23 TDs while rushing for 13 more scores, leading the Crimson Tide to within one second of winning their second straight College Football Playoff National Championship.
SEC defenses might want to be on the lookout, as one former First-Team All-SEC quarterback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame said Hurts has improved upon last season.
“[He] looked much improved from 2016,” Archie Manning told AL.com.
Hurts was one of the a select group of counselors at the Manning Passing Academy, and Manning liked what he saw not just from Hurts as a player, but as a person.
“Jalen’s a good-looking quarterback, and he threw the ball well,” Manning said. “We really enjoyed having Jalen. He’s really a fine young man and a good guy, a really good guy. He worked great with our campers and mixed in so well with our staff. He was one of the favorites. And in all of the throwing sessions, he performed very well.”