Former Alabama Coach Ray Perkins Dissects True Freshman QB Jalen Hurts [Audio]
The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide has the opportunity to win their third SEC Championship Saturday against the 15th ranked Florida Gators.
Alabama made history early in the season when true freshman Jalen Hurts became just the second ever true freshman to start under center at Alabama. The first quarterback to ever start as a true freshman for the Crimson Tide was Vince Sutton during the 1984 season.
Ray Perkins, Sutton’s head coach at Alabama during the 1984 season, weighed in on the play of Jalen Hurts on Inside the Locker Room.
The true freshman signal caller has amassed 3.265 total yards along with 32 touchdowns. The former Alabama head football coach noted the composure that Hurts possesses and compared his composure to some of football’s greatest quarterbacks.
“I would put him in the Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, in that category when you talk about the kid’s composure. Nothing rattles him. So far, not one thing has rattled this young man, and that’s what you want playing quarterback.” Perkins said.
He later offered his thoughts on Lane Kiffin’s play calling, the Crimson Tide’s aggressiveness on defense and the changes affecting football since his playing and coaching days.
Perkins is most known for being the successor to Paul “Bear” Bryant as Alabama’s head football coach. When asked about what type of advice that he would give to Saban’s potential successor, he provided this reminder about the Alabama football program.
“Regardless of who the coach is, Alabama is Alabama.” Perkins said.
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