Jalen Hurts was strong for Alabama last season, but Nick Saban wants to see the young quarterback take a step forward this fall.
Speaking on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Wednesday, the Alabama coach said the goal for Hurts in the offseason “was becoming a more efficient, consistent and effective passer.” Hurts threw for 2,780 yards with 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last year in guiding Alabama to the national championship game. He closed his debut season with the Crimson Tide with a 62.8-percent completion percentage in 382 attempts.
“We were a little risk-averse and hesitant a year ago in development and what we asked him to do in that role,” Saban said on the show. “He certainly did a fantastic job for us and made a lot of play in a lot of ways, but that’s the one thing we’ve [tried to improve upon this offseason].”
Hurts’ development will be fascinating to watch. Big things are expected of Alabama again after the Crimson Tide won its third consecutive SEC title last season.
If Hurts can become a more efficient and effective passer, as Saban desires, then Alabama opponents will have a tough time stopping the Crimson Tide.