Will Lowery Gives His Thoughts on Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s Season Thus Far [Audio]
Each Monday during the football season, former Tide defensive back Will Lowery joins Ryan Fowler to discuss the past weekend for the Crimson Tide. After a 34-6 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Tide have moved to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. Lowery gave his thoughts on Alabama's season as we near the midway point of the year.
One of the most impressive players in the country so far has been Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts. Through five games, Hurst has thrown for 989 yards, 7 TD's, and has thrown only one interception. Anyone will tell you how well Hurts has played so far, and moreover how composed he has been while under center. However, Lowery believes that there's still room for him to improve, and that's a scary thing for Alabama's future opponents.
"The [throws] he missed downfield were complete-able balls a lot of times, he missed some open guys, which may be part of the reason why we haven't seen Lane open it up so much for him... It's a great thing that he's been able to do what he is able to do, but I definitely think that with a full season under his belt and then a full offseason to really kind of look back and watch film on himself as well as our opponents... You're only going to see those things improve for him over time."
One of the other reasons Alabama has had so much recent success is the play-making abilities of the defensive and special teams players. The Crimson Tide have scored a non-offensive touchdown in seven straight games, including three in their big win over Ole Miss on September 17, and it has been a point of emphasis for Nick Saban since his arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2007.
"You work on turnovers everyday. You work on disrupting the ball, you work on finishing on balls even when you know it's a dead ball... You wanna be making plays on the ball when it's in the air. It's just a great thing to see. And I won't limit it to the defense either, the special teams this year have done a great job... For the most part, our special teams have [made] just as much of an impact on the game at putting points on the board as our defense and our offense."
You can hear the entire conversation below, and be sure to catch The Game each weekday from 2-6 PM.