Rodney Orr Gives an Update on Alabama Football Leading Into Kent St [Audio]
Alabama's next two games will feature the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Kentucky Wildcats, so all indications show that this will be an important opportunity for the Crimson Tide to get healthy and correct some constant mistakes they have made over the first three games of the season. Rodney Orr of TiderInsider.com joined Aaron Suttles to analyze the first three games and also to give an update on how the Tide are looking after the big win over Ole Miss.
Coming into this season, you would have been hard-pressed to find someone who expected the Crimson Tide to look as good as they've played so far on the scoreboard, yet there has still been issues in every facet of their game. Even head coach Nick Saban has expressed how they haven't played as well as they should be playing. Suttles asked Orr how this team had met his expectations from the preseason, and he found it tough to set the bar for this team in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2016 season.
"I really had a difficult time evaluating the team in the preseason in terms of where they might be because... just all the new faces on offense. I really had a difficult time getting a read on how quickly will some of these offensive line positions and that group come along."
Alabama had quite a few questions entering this season: who would replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry? How would this offensive line gel together? Could this year's defense be better than last year's? However, the biggest question during the off season was who would be taking snaps under center? All early indications pointed toward junior Cooper Bateman, but after redshirt freshman Blake Barnett started against USC, we've seen true freshman Jalen Hurts emerge as the surefire number one option at quarterback. So how does Orr think of the ever-evolving play of Hurts under center?
"He just turned 18 years old, he takes that hit [the sack that led to a scoop and score against Ole Miss], his team's down 24-3... you know, how does he respond to that? Well, he steps up on the very next play and delivers a strike down the middle to Calvin Ridley for 22 yards in a very clutch moment."
Hear the interview in its entirety below, and be sure to catch The Suttles Approach each weekday from 12-2 PM.