Jalen Hurts

Alabama Crimson Tide, Quarterback

2016 Recruit

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban on the field before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
With Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones in the mix, this spring will be important for deciding on a 2017 starter.
Deondre Francois
Alabama's 2017 schedule isn't overly difficult. That doesn't mean that there aren't teams that could crush the Crimson Tide's title hopes. Who has the best chance to bring down college football's top program in 2017? Here are their three toughest games.
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Jacob Eason, Jake Bentley, Jalen Hurts and Shea Patterson are all capable of putting together a run that would earn them a spot on this list, but it won’t be easy.
Jul 15, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; General view of a microphone with an SEC logo while Kentucky Wildcats safety A.J. Stamps (background) speaks to media during SEC media day at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
"No cheering in the press box." Before kickoff of every football game, that subtle reminder is made over the loudspeaker.
Jake Bentley
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Every SEC team, from mighty Alabama to the perceived 2017 title contenders to those simply rebuilding and aiming to be bowl-eligible could use a luck-filled wish on St. Patrick's Day to carry them through the year.
Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Brice Ramsey (12) looks for a receiver during the second half of the spring game at Sanford Stadium. The Black team defeated the Red team 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brice Ramsey wants to play, which is understandable. However, getting Jake Fromm ready quickly behind Jacob Eason just became more of a priority for Georgia.
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers offensive coordinator Matt Canada looks on during warm-ups before the Panthers host the Syracuse Orange at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 76-61. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
All 28 coordinators in the SEC will leave their imprint in 2017, but six stand out as potentially having the greatest impact on this coming season.
With the beginning of spring football, here's a look at a handful of assistant coaches who could have a profound effect on their respective teams.
Jalen Hurts
Alabama came within 2 minutes of a perfect 15-0 season. Its defense scored 11 touchdowns. How can the 2017 Tide team possibly top that? We provide five reasons Alabama might actually be better this fall ... and three it might not.
Sep 24, 2016; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores running back Ralph Webb (7) rushes for a touchdown against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first half at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Every SEC team, from mighty Alabama to the teams at the bottom of the 2016 standings, has one central thing -- and probably a few more -- they can do differently than last year to make sure their 2017 football existence is just a bit happier.