Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts raised some eyebrows on Saturday with his comments about how the Bama coaching staff, during the spring, completely ignored the “competition” between himself and Tua Tagovailo.
👀👀👀👀@JalenHurts: “No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt. No one asked me what was on my mind. … Now when we’re trying to handle the situation now, for me it’s kinda late. It’s too late. The narrative has already been created.” pic.twitter.com/adJS7UxmdL
— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) August 4, 2018
Hurts, a two year starter at Alabama, was famously benched in the second half of the National Championship game against Georgia last season. Tagovailo, a true freshman at the time, was inserted into the game and was able to lead the Crimson Tide to a thrilling overtime win.
Thanks to the second half heroics from Tagovailo in the championship game, Alabama has a bit of a quarterback controversy on its hands.
And head coach Nick Saban has no desire to let the media know who he’s planning on going with in 2018.
Judging by Hurts’ comments on Saturday, Saban hasn’t spoken with either quarterback to get their thoughts on the matter.
Unsurprisingly, there’s now rampant speculation that Hurts might look to leave Alabama, as the situation appears to have turned sour.
A fair amount of Tennessee fans immediately littered social media with a “Hurts to UT” movement.
I’m not saying that’s a bad idea (Hurts has only lost two games as a starter), but it’s the last thing the Vols need to be worried about right now.
Hurts isn’t going to help Tennessee win in 2018. And he might not help them in 2019 (Hurts can graduate in December, but who knows how the transfer process would go).
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff absolutely can’t look ahead to 2019 or 2020. Sure, they do it every day with recruiting, but if they’re bringing a guy like Hurts in, they’re not bringing him in to “compete”. He’s coming to start.
Focusing on Hurts right now would essentially mean they’re giving up on Jarrett Guarantano, Will McBride and JT Shrout (or at the very least it would signal they don’t have much confidence in them).
That’s not the message the Vols need to be sending. And it’s not where their focus should be (it’s fall camp, time to game plan for West Virginia).
If after this season the quarterback situation is still a mess, and Hurts decides to transfer from Alabama (we have no clue if he will or not), then Tennessee should absolutely explore that avenue.
But for now, Jalen Hurts should be the last thing on Tennessee’s mind.
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