Report: Freshman QB outshines the rest in Alabama's second scrimmage
Heading into the 2016 season, perhaps Alabama’s biggest question is finding a starting quarterback.
Three competitors — Cooper Bateman, Jalen Hurts, Blake Barnett — are vying for the job. Of the three, Bateman is the most experienced. The redshirt junior out of Utah accrued some starting experience towards the beginning of last year, before ultimately losing the job to Jake Coker.
Barnett was a big-time recruit out of California. At 6-foot-5, 211 pounds, he’s the biggest quarterback within the race.
The big wildcard in this equation is Hurts. A true freshman out of Texas, he was an early enrollee this past January. Not only did Hurt benefit from learning the playbook at an advanced rate when compared to other freshmen in his class, but he also was able to get a jump on acclimating to college life — specifically from an academic and social standpoint.
On Saturday, Alabama held its second scrimmage of the fall period.
Per a report from Touchdown Alabama, Hurts was by far the top performer on the afternoon — tossing two touchdowns and running for a third.
Barnett had a tough day, throwing two pick-sixes and fumbling twice on quarterback-running back exchanges. Bateman didn’t start the day well — but did finish with a 39-yard TD strike to ArDarius Stewart.
Hurts is a dynamic, fast athlete with terrific agility. His penchant for evading defenders is special, and his ability to pick up yardage in chunks when the play breaks down is something Alabama hasn’t really had at the quarterback position in recent memory.
It’s been 32 years since a true freshman has started at quarterback in Tuscaloosa. Can Hurts be the one to break the streak?