ORLANDO, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa bought the beginning for Alabama within the Tenting World Kickoff towards Louisville on Saturday night time and outplayed Jalen Hurts, however coach Nick Saban stated after the 51-14 victory that he would proceed to make use of each quarterbacks transferring ahead.
Tagovailoa led the primary 4 sequence of the sport, and the Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on three of these drives. The sophomore made performs together with his arms and his legs, throwing stunning drop passes and exhibiting off accuracy on the run too.
In all, Tagovailoa led six drives, and Hurts led 4. Alabama didn’t rating a landing when Hurts was behind middle.
“We will proceed to have each these guys be weapons for us on offense as a result of I feel they will, and I hope each guys can do an excellent job of making ready and managing to prepare for the video games to allow them to contribute to our staff in a constructive approach,” Saban stated.
“Tua performed nicely and made some actually good throws, very correct throws, put the ball proper on guys once they had halfway-decent protection,” Saban stated. “He made good selections for probably the most half. We have got to get him to get two fingers on the ball. He is too unfastened with the ball within the pocket, and he will get the ball knocked out of his hand. These are the form of issues that I am speaking about that does not get you ’til it will get you. So you have to repair them earlier than it will get you. However he performed nicely. He executed. He did what he was purported to do. He learn the best issues. He was well-prepared within the recreation.”
Saban stated he advised each quarterbacks who would begin on Thursday earlier than apply.
“They each knew precisely what the state of affairs could be within the recreation. It is how we practiced on Thursday, and I needed Tua to play someplace within the neighborhood of 20 performs, after which we will put Jalen within the recreation,” Saban stated. “It did not matter what the rating was. He did some good issues and a few issues we have to do higher, each of them.”
The competitors between Hurts and Tagovailoa has dominated headlines at Alabama: Would Hurts, 26-2 as a starter, preserve his job after being benched within the nationwide championship recreation? Would Tagovailoa wrestle the job away after his spectacular second-half efficiency to assist the Tide rally and win the title in January?
Hypothesis has targeted largely on Tagovailoa after his breakout efficiency towards Georgia within the title recreation. Tagovailoa, not Hurts, opened the season among the many main preseason Heisman Trophy favorites in Las Vegas.
Hurts, in the meantime, drew headlines in early August after he stated coaches failed to speak with him in regards to the quarterback competitors, although he dismissed hypothesis that he needed to switch.
Alabama did not make both quarterback accessible for remark after the sport.