This weekend Alabama will hold the first scrimmage of spring camp. The event was expected to be the first showdown between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa for the right to win the starting quarterback role, but that was before the Hawaiian broke a finger in a practice mishap on the first day of spring camp.
During his latest media availability, Nick Saban gave a promising update on Tagovailoa’s status but would not fully commit to playing his young quarterback in the upcoming scrimmage.
“We don’t have a plan yet for what quarterback is taking what snap,” Saban said. “Tua was able to practice some today. He was able to throw the ball a little bit, so he’s getting back into it. We had him on a pitch count, we didn’t really do a lot with him, but he was able to do a lot of things in practice today — so that’s encouraging. I don’t know if he’ll be ready to go on Saturday or not.”
Based on how quickly Tagovailoa returned to practice, it appears his injury wasn’t very severe. He initially first returned to practice the day after his injury — albeit in a very limited capacity. It will be interesting to see if Hurts can make the most of his time as the Tide’s healthiest option under center this spring.
While most are ready to hand Tua the job, Hurts still has a chance to win over his coaches starting this weekend in the upcoming scrimmage.