Alabama completed their first scrimmage in the lead up to the start of the 2016 season and there was one player on everyone’s lips, Jalen Hurts. The scrimmage was closed to the media, but the folks at AL.com seem to have eyes everywhere and all of those they asked were clear, Hurts was very impressive.
“The media isn’t allowed to watch Tide scrimmages. However, sources told AL.com that Hurts had a touchdown run of around 50 yards and a nicely-thrown scoring pass of around 50 yards to wide receiver Robert Foster against Alabama’s third-team defense. He also led a long drive into the red zone vs. the first-team defense during a two-minute drill before throwing an interception with no time left on the clock.”
Saban also discussed Bama’s quarterbacks after the scrimmage and had some good things to say about the true freshman
“Jalen is a very talented guy, and I thought he did some really good things out there today,” Saban said following the scrimmage. “I think he does really good things each and every day. I think the key for both younger guys (Hurts and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett) is consistency in performance, taking care of the ball and taking what the defense gives and being satisfied with that.”
Saban is a conservative coach, so it’s more likely that Cooper Bateman is the favorite to start at QB right now. However Hurts has firmly planted himself in the conversation with Bateman and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett as to who will lead the Tide from under center.