David Morris Discusses Alabama Quarterback Situation [Audio]
Nick Saban decided to start Blake Barnett under center against USC, but shortly went to the bench and brought on true freshman Jalen Hurts, and after he fumbled his first career snap, Hurts did not disappoint. David Morris of QB Country joined Travis Reier to talk about the QB battle between the young players, and who might get the nod against Ole Miss on September 17.
It seems as though Alabama has narrowed the quarterback battle down to redshirt freshman Blake Barnett and true freshman Jalen Hurts, after Saban mentioned during one of his press conferences during the USC game week that it was down to Barnett and junior Cooper Bateman. Morris talked with Reier about how Hurts and Barnett looked in the win over the Trojans, but also how odd he thought it was to switch them out so early in the game.
"I didn't quite understand the timing of [switching out Barnett and Hurts], although Barnett did struggle a little early and took some big shots and looked a little rattled, but it's not like Hurts came in there and immediately turned it on. It looked to me like they gave Hurts a little more of a leash early on, and they're going to have to give both those guys a leash because they're going to make some mistakes."
Eventually in the game, Hurts began playing like a veteran, but not after a tough start, fumbling on his first ever snap in a college game. However, it seemed as if Hurts got the benefit of the doubt and helped lead the Tide to a 52-6 thumping of the USC Trojans. But when Barnett was brought back into the game, he was settled down and made some big plays for himself.
"They kind of let him [Hurts] live through his down moments, which is the way it's supposed to be, and then I was happy for Barnett to come in the second half and make some plays, so I do think they have two guys that can get it done."
Along with the Alabama QB battle discussion, Morris also talked about the Auburn QB situation, and you can hear the entire conversation below, and be sure to catch Southern Fried Sports each weekday from 11 AM - 12 PM.