TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Damien Harris could not help it.
The older Running Back had just come to an end, as most of Alabama's offense this spring focused on the quarterback fight between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Then he asked himself this question from a reporter.
"Let's talk about Jalen and Tua."
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"What, we just talked about it," Harris said, laughing.
His desperation is understandable: there was some discussion from Alabama's A-Day game on Saturday, at which the Crimson Team (defense of the first team, (1
"Obviously Jalen has a great deal of work done a lot of great things here," Harris said. Tua obviously had a great second half in the national championship game, everyone knows he's a great player as well.
"To be honest, it's all in the past and everything that matters is t, how we move forward. … Regardless of what one of them has done in the past, I do not think that this should be a deciding factor for both.
This means Alabama coach Nick Saban has to see both for now. The game ends on Saturday and ends with a 26-2 victory for Hurts as penultimate, as Tagovailoa capped Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game Fact Tagovailoa was missing in the spring game – and a good part of the spring – with a hand injury. Combined with Hurts fighting on Saturday, it is not very clear who has the advantage in this competition in the summer and beyond
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The significance of this decision was heightened this week when Hurts' father, Averion, said that his son was the "biggest free agent in college" football history " he did not win the start job In this one comment he made the biggest quarterback fight in college football even bigger.
For his part, Saban saw some positive signs from the way Hurts competed on Saturday.
"I was not disappointed with the way Jalen played, Saban said." I think we have a couple of guys who can rush a bit, and I think there was way too much pressure in the bag, as well that the quarterback could work as we would like. I think Jalen did something "good games in the game, good throws."
Some good games, yes. Some good throws, yes. But many of the problems that hurts have as a passerby made themselves felt during A-Day: missed recipients, too long on the ball and just bad throws. Nevertheless, Saban hopes he hopes Hurts will work on his game in the summer, especially in decision-making and trust in the pocket, but also in basics such as footwork and throwing accuracy.
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Of course, all of these mistakes – no matter what size – will be magnified not only because of the stage Hurts is playing on, but also because of the competition he has in Tagovailoa. Even in the world of college football, Hurts's attention is limited to excessive ones.
"There are more players in the team than just jelling," Harris said. "I think all the attention to him and what he does, it's kind of unfair to him because he's under a microscope, and there are 10 other guys on the offensive who have to let the game work, I kinda think that that's unfair to him, it's unfair to our team. "
Unfair or not, it's the reality that hurts face in summer and fall. He will not get out of this spotlight until Alabama has made his quarterback decision once and for all.