Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa Praises Jalen Hurts

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has a lot of praise for backup signal caller Jalen Hurts, maintaining their strong relationship despite both players fighting it out for the starting quarterback gig.

“You guys seen what happened with Clemson’s quarterback,” Tagovailoa said, referring to Kelly Bryan transferring abruptly last week.

“Clemson’s quarterback ended up getting hurt and they didn’t have Kelly Bryant as well. Could you imagine if something happened to me? Mac Jones would be good, but also having Jalen here, who is very well-experienced — it’s a testament to his character, it’s a testament to his morals, with how he was raised within his family. Just him being here within our team, everybody respects him so much. He’s a leader and he leads both ways. He leads vocally and he leads doing things.”

Tagovailoa has carried the momentum of his impressive play during last season’s College Football National Championship into this season, garnering early Heisman Trophy consideration, but still he passed the praise down to his receivers.

“That’s just the expectation we have as a whole offense,” Tagovailoa said. “We have playmakers.”

Alabama has scored an FBS-high 271 points this season and Tagovailoa has been the highlight through five games, tossing for 1,161 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions to lead all quarterbacks in passing efficiency and QBR.

Anthony DiMoro is a sports writer, podcast host, reporter and founder of DiMoro Sports. Anthony is also the founder of Sports Rants, CEO of Elite Rank Media and sports contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post