Alabama true freshman QB Jalen Hurts is about to face the biggest test of his young college football career.
The Crimson Tide faces LSU this weekend in Death Valley, and the Tigers have one of the best secondaries in college football. And while the freshman has been great for Alabama, he hasn’t had to deal with a defensive backfield this good all season.
No team in the SEC is better at defending deep passes than the Tigers, according to ESPN. On throws 10 yards downfield or more in 2016, LSU leads the SEC in total QBR allowed (22), opposing completion percentage (33 percent) and touchdown-interception ratio (1-6).
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 1, 2016
Hurts has put together a great season, but like any young quarterback, he hasn’t been immune to mistakes. Three of his five interceptions on the season have come on throws 10 yards downfield or more.
And the Tigers are certainly confident in their defense. LSU DB Dwayne Thomas said he thought the Tigers would “dominate” the Crimson Tide.
LSU hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday on CBS.