Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa are in the midst of a heated quarterback battle that will likely linger on well into fall camp. Voices from all over the country are starting to rise on who should get the nod, and exiting Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans is among them.
Evans joined WJOX in Birmingham on Friday morning to talk about the battle. While he wouldn’t give his opinion on who should start Week 1 for the Tide, Evans did outline what makes both quarterbacks great.
First, on Hurts:
“Jalen has probably been one of the winningest quarterbacks that we could think of to this day. I mean he’s on track to be that. So it’s kind of hard because if we’ve got Jalen at quarterback, I know we’re going to win.
And then on Tagovailoa:
“Then, you’ve got Tua who’s a talented guy. His arm, I mean you can just tell he’s got an NFL arm. To be honest with you, I really don’t know (who’s gonna start).”
Tagovailoa certainly showed off his “NFL arm” with that game-winning touchdown throw to DeVonta Smith in the CFP title game.
This quarterback battle will be well-documented over the next weeks and months until Alabama play for the first time against Louisville on Sept. 1.
With his national title game performance, Tagovailoa might have a slight edge. But as Evans noted, all Hurts has done at Alabama is win games — he’s 27-2 as the Tide’s starter, including the national title win over Georgia. Hurts also limited his mistakes in 2017, throwing just one interception.
You can listen to Evans’ full interview here: