The Alabama football team kicked off its 2017 campaign with an impressive win over Florida State, but head coach Nick Saban still sees room for improvement — specifically under center.
When discussing his team’s offense, Saban had some advice for sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts.
As the Crimson Tide passing game appears to be regressing, Saban said the team would benefit from Hurts relying less on star wide receiver Calvin Ridley and spreading the ball around more.
“I think we have to get more guys involved in the passing game,” Saban said, via Rainer Sabin of AL.com. “I think guys have capabilities, and the only way they’re going to develop confidence is if they have a few more opportunities.”
In the season opener, Ridley was the only wide receiver to haul in a catch. The other players to show up on the stat sheet were running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough.
Hurts finished the game with just 96 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-18 passing. Seven of those completions were to Ridley.
By getting more players involved, the Alabama offense could reach new heights.
“I think it would help them a lot if they got a few balls and got some confidence in what they’re doing as well,” Saban added.
We will see if Hurts is listening to his head coach and whether he attempts to spread the ball around more this weekend when the Crimson Tide play host to Fresno State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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