Can Jalen Hurts improve as a passer? QB analyst David Morris weighs in after Manning Passing Academy
If Jalen Hurts is going to win the Alabama starting quarterback job, he’s going to have to show improvement as a passer.
There’s no denying Hurts’ ability with his legs, but he’s behind Tua Tagovailoa when it comes to passing acumen. However, Hurts is working hard to improve that aspect of his game, attending the Manning Passing Academy for the second year in a row this past weekend.
According to QB analyst David Morris, the founder of QBCountry.com, Hurts has the talent to make any throw on the field. But, he told Travis Reier of 247Sports, it all comes down to confidence:
“He’s got the ability to make all the throws. He can do it,” Morris said. “I guess it comes down to confidence and where his head is right now. It’s tough; he’s had three coordinators in three years. Not many people are in that situation and that’s a tough environment. Physically, he reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. Just the way he looks, the athleticism and strength. I think Dak has some of the best touch out there and Jalen probably needs to grow there.
“As far as looking the part and being able to make the throws, he can do it. Now, can you do it in an environment where bullets are flying and all that? He’s had moments when he’s shown that he can and then he’s had moments when I think he’s struggled. Is the struggle there because of a lack of confidence or a lack of reaction skills? I don’t know, but I think if he’s the starter I could see him having a monster year. It’s hard to say what will happen because there are a lot variables, but he’s capable.”
Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the National Championship Game each of the past two seasons, but the Tide were trailing when Tagovailoa came in at halftime of this past year’s College Football Playoff final.
Now, everyone is seemingly picking Tagovailoa to win the starting job, so it’ll be interesting to see how Hurts performs this summer and whether he can earn a third year at the helm of the Alabama offense.