Can five-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa unseat Jalen Hurts at Alabama? Paul Finebaum chimes in
It’s a fun topic to discuss in the offseason but is there any chance five-star enrollee Tua Tagovailoa supplants Jalen Hurts for the starting quarterback duties in Tuscaloosa? According to the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, there’s no chance of that happening.
While serving as a recent guest of the WJOX 94.5’s The Opening Drive, host Al Del Greco asked Finebaum that very question.
“Al, it’s 7:08 in the morning in Birmingham,” Finebaum said on the air, “do you want me to go off on you like Nick Saban went off on the media for even bringing that question up?
“It’s not going to happen, come on. You’ve been on that football field and you know the competition is encouraged, but to me, Jalen Hurts is going to be the starting quarterback and I think for anyone to suggest otherwise is in a fantasy land right now.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be some questions for the Alabama offense to overcome in Finebaum’s mind this offseason. The main unanswered one resolves around the team’s new offensive coordinator.
“The bigger issue at Alabama is what we are going to see from Brian Daboll,” Finebaum continued. “Saban tried to deflect it the other day, and I frankly thought he overreached — when he does that he does it usually for a specific reason, but I still think it’s going to be interesting to watch practice from what we can tell and watch the scrimmage game because I’m still not sure we aren’t seeing a shift, whether it’s dramatic or not, I think we are definitely seeing a shift.”
If you missed Saban’s semi-rant, it occurred during his introductory spring press conference when it was suggested Alabama’s offense was prepared to go away from its spread concepts and back toward a move power run, pro-style approach. Finebaum has gone on record saying he believes Saban will continue to have angst toward the media as the season approaches, as he won’t be satisfied until his team wins yet another national title.
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