Alabama is looking good after a 24-7 win over No. 3 Florida State on Saturday, but it doesn’t look like ESPN’s Paul Finebaum was impressed with everyone.
On Sportscenter after the game, Finebaum said that he was “underwhelmed” by the performance of quarterback Jalen Hurts, saying that hoped improvements for Hurts weren’t apparent at all during the game.
Transcription via 247Sports:
“I was underwhelmed,” Finebaum said about Hurts’ performance on SportsCenter Sunday morning. “I didn’t see a lot of progression from last year to this year. For those of us who kept saying ‘he’s going to get better cause Brian Daboll showed up from the New England Patriots,’ I didn’t see any of that last night.”
Hurts only attempted 18 passes against the Seminoles, completing 10 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Hurts did have some struggles, and while some of them can be attributed to Derwin James and the Florida State defense, Hurts did very little to impress with his arm when he was given the chance to. Hurts’ best play might have been when Derwin James batted a ball back in his face and Hurts was able to catch it to prevent the interception and likely pick-6.
Hurts still has a lot of time to improve, and the good news is that quarterbacks often struggle when getting a new offensive coordinator. The longer he spends with Daboll, the better, and good things should eventually come for the quarterback even if there are struggles now.