Alabama Freshman Sensation Tua Tagovailoa Sticks Up For Jalen Hurts

Alabama Freshman Sensation Tua Tagovailoa Sticks Up For Jalen Hurts

'The way he runs his organization, I've been through that process.

Time and time again, Fromm found ways to get his team out of trouble. "This was a great win for our players and I've never been happier in my life", Saban told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. At times he still had the markings of a freshman: he threw an interception in the third quarter when all his receivers, expecting a run, were downfield blocking, and he nearly fouled up the last few seconds of regulation, forcing Saban to put Hurts back in to manage the clock.

There doesn't appear to be any ill feelings between Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, despite Hurts losing his job in the national championship.

"I did not expect the call, even though we had seen it in practice", Gold said.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, speaks next to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during a press conference in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Saban is now creating his own new era, having tied Paul "Bear" Bryant's legendary six championships - and by all evidence he is not ready to throw in the towel. While he threw for fewer touchdowns and yards this season, his quarterback rating was up, and he had one interception compared with nine in 2016.

If Hurts remains the starter for the Tide, there has to be a way Saban gets Tagovailoa on the field somehow. His 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime was the difference.

Jalen Hurts may end up leaving Alabama following Monday's game
Jalen Hurts may end up leaving Alabama following Monday's game

The Tide remained determined and steadily began erasing the deficit.

Kiffin was at Alabama while the Crimson Tide were recruiting both Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm, who first committed to Alabama before switching to Georgia. I want to go back 13 months after the SEC championship as a true freshman, and he's the SEC Offensive Player of the Year - the first freshman since Herschel Walker to do that. But the National Football League, and the Giants, exert their own definite pull factors and lures that could yet result in the offseason's most startling coaching hire. He was not resigning to a better game plan demonstrated by Georgia in the first half; he was leading.

Pappanastos set up for what could have a game-winning field goal, but the 36-yard kick sailed wide left and helped send the game to overtime. Blankenship connected on a 51-yard field goal to push the Bulldogs ahead 23-20.

So much so that Tagovailoa was planning to transfer, Kiffin says. They said, would you have pulled him? "So that's how I knew what was going on".

There's a line in the movie "The Cincinnati Kid" where Edward G. Robinson, playing card shark Lancey Howard, tells Steve McQueen, "You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best, might as well live with it".

Fitzpatrick won the Bednarik and Thorpe awards this season, and he has won two national titles with Alabama.

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