Alabama Football: Tua Tagovailoa To Get Starting Reps

The Alabama football program is still the top dog in the FBS.

Despite losing to the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship last season, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anybody not in a Clemson sweatshirt that feels that ‘Bama isn’t the best team in the country. With that said, Jalen Hurts will need to show huge strides to keep a firm grasp on his job in 2017.

This year, Alabama welcomes a highly regarded, five-star freshman quarterback from Honolulu, Hawaii to the team. Tua Tagovailoa chose to attend Alabama over virtually any other school in the country, and you can be sure he didn’t do it to sit on the bench for three years.

Saban attempted to put to rest any potential quarterback controversies by endorsing Hurts as his quarterback for this year. But he also said that Tagovailoa will need time on the field in order to develop as a quarterback.

“Tua is a very, very good player. We’re glad to have him in the program, and he’s someone who needs to play some,” Saban said on First Take, according to 247sports. “Now, I’m not creating a quarterback controversy here because Jalen Hurts is our starting quarterback.”

Hurts was one of the most dynamic players in the country during the regular season last year, but faded in the championship game. With more experience this season, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

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