SEC Country’s Alabama football coverage team weighs in on their biggest takeaway from last week’s SEC Media Days and expectations for the Crimson Tide this season.
Christopher Walsh: ‘The SEC is under siege’
Actually, it didn’t happen until the end of SEC Media Days and the ACC was beginning to take the spotlight. Coach after coach claimed that the ACC is the best conference in college football, and there’s no way that they all did that on their own. I’ll never blame a coach for talking up his conference, but it was clearly a coordinated attack. Whether or not you agree with the growing sentiment it was the equivalent of declaring war and look for the Big Ten to do the exact same thing next week even though the league has won one national title since 2003. After years of being the “it” conference in football, and no one being within shouting distance, the SEC is under siege.
Marq Burnett: ‘SEC and the country should look out’
The biggest takeaway in terms of Alabama was that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is sticking with Jalen Hurts as QB1 despite some of the outside noise. Saban said throughout the spring and during his different media appearances this offseason that Hurts is Alabama’s quarterback. But that didn’t stop a reporter from questioning Saban about the perceived quarterback controversy.
For whatever reason, some people forget Hurts was a true freshman last season while also assuming there is no way he could improve this offseason. Saban’s strong backing of Hurts as Alabama’s “first returning starter since (AJ McCarron in) 2013” shows how committed the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff is in helping him improve. The rest of the SEC and the country should look out. Alabama has so many talented skill players, and Hurts is a real weapon as a runner. If his passing progresses, we could be looking at a record-breaking offense from Alabama this year.
Chris Kirschner: ‘Tua Tagovailoa will play this season’
I think my biggest takeaway from SEC Media Days was Nick Saban saying 5-star freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will play for Alabama this season, regardless if the team is in a blowout. While Jalen Hurts is the clear starter for the Crimson Tide, it’s going to be important to get Tagovailoa meaningful reps just in case Hurts goes down with an injury. I’m interested to see how Alabama plans on using Tagovailoa this season and if the team will have special packages for him to run.
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