Nick Saban Gives Update On Alabama Quarterback Battle

first_imgUniversity of Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Coaches Press Conference.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)We have to be closing in on a resolution to the Alabama quarterback battle. Jalen Hurts has more experience, but most expect that Tua Tagovailoa will ultimately win the job.After a scrimmage earlier in camp, former Crimson Tide defensive back Will Lowery said that Tagovailoa looked like the much better player.That day, according to‘s Matt Zenitz, Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns and no interception. Hurts had the reverse—no touchdowns, three picks.Obviously one scrimmage doesn’t decide everything, but there haven’t been a lot of reports of Hurts making a push.Nick Saban weighed in on the Alabama quarterback battle between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa today.Earlier in the week, Paul Finebaum said that he “doesn’t know how much longer Nick Saban is going to be able to camouflage this quarterback competition.”Based on the insiders and boosters he’s spoken to, Tagovailoa is clearly the guy for Alabama.Saban isn’t ready to call it yet. He spoke to the media this afternoon, and gave an update, saying both players have played well recently. From“I don’t expect it to be an easy decision,” Saban remarked. “We have two guys who are great competitors, who are both really good players. They both have good fall camps, so I don’t expect it to be easy. I want them to continue to compete and work hard and do well. Our coaches are working hard to help each one of those guys to be the best player that they can be, and we’re going to continue to do that. Like I said before, if both guys can contribute to our team, we’ll certainly utilize it the best way we can.”Based on prior quarterback battles, including the one that Hurts wound up winning in 2016, Saban is comfortable letting things drag into the season if need be. Even with Tagovailoa seemingly ahead, that may be the case here.[]last_img

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