Jalen Hurts has led the Alabama Crimson Tide to an incredible record the past two seasons, but after losing the 2016 title game to Clemson, Hurts was on the ropes again vs. Georgia in the 2017 title game.
That’s when coach Nick Saban put freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the game, and from there, the rest is history, as Tagovailoa led an incredible comeback.
That reminded former LSU QB JaMarcus Russell (a former NFL No. 1 overall pick) of a time when Saban did something similar during his time with the Tigers. According to Russell, who appeared on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP, Saban did something similar with him and Marcus Randall back when Russell was a freshman (quotes via AL.com):
“I spent time on the field with a guy who was a fifth-year senior in Marcus Randall. I was a red-shirt freshman, so it’s not the first time he’s done it,” Russell said pointing to the QB situation in the CFP title game last season. “I think it’s good for a team that they can count on two guys to put them in a good position to make plays. I mean who wouldn’t want two quarterbacks?”
Russell obviously went on to great success at LSU before embarking on a less-than-stellar NFL career.
For now, the battle rages on at Alabama, where Hurts and Tagovailoa are trying to become the starter for Week 1 of the 2018 season.