Tyler Watts Evaluates Alabama’s 8-0 Start to the 2017 Season [Audio]
For the seventh time in 11 seasons under Nick Saban, Alabama heads into November undefeated.
A variety of players from Jalen Hurts to Damien Harris and Minkah Fitzpatrick have set the stage for the Crimson Tide to position themselves for another run at an SEC title and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
During Wednesday’s edition of The Gary Harris Show, former Alabama quarterback and CTSN analyst Tyler Watts evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the Crimson Tide in 2017.
Although Nick Saban’s squad has run over most of their competition through eight games, the former Alabama signal caller provided a word of caution for fans.
“On the surface, everything looks like it’s chugging along pretty good, but I think that’s also where you have to have a little bit of caution of exactly what have you seen lining up against you and how you are comparing it.” Watts said.
Regarding Alabama’s stiffest competition, Watts stated his thoughts on how good Alabama really is and whether they can perform well in a close game.
“I think it’s still too early to tell how good this football team is and I think until you face LSU and Auburn, there’s still going to be a little doubt, at least in my mind, on how this team will perform in a tight game.” Watts said.
After discussing his observations of the team including Isaiah Buggs’ emergence on defense and the quarterback rotation, Watts noted the passing game as a primary concern for the team going forward.
“The passing game, honestly, is still the thing that concerns me more than anything with this offense.” Watts said. “I think we’ve going against several weak defenses the last several weeks where you’ve had the ability to run the football and hopefully, you can continue to do that, but what are you going to be able to do versus LSU’s front seven and Auburn’s front seven? I think the game plan from here on out is going to be load the box, take away the run and force Jalen Hurts to beat you with his arm.”
Alabama’s quarterback later chimed in on where Jalen Hurts has improved since his freshman season, the possibility of Nick Saban utilizing a two-quarterback and what it was like playing in a two-quarterback rotation during his playing days from 1999-2002.
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