College football analyst Danny Kanell is not happy with how Alabama head coach Nick Saban has treated quarterback Jalen Hurts this offseason.
Hurts, the Crimson Tide' starting QB for nearly two seasons, appears to have lost the job to sophomore Tua Tagovailoa.
Kanell believes Hurts deserves more straight-up communication from his head coach regarding the competition and what his future holds.
The noted analyst shared this opinion while appearing on FOX Sports 1's First Things First.
“When he was benched at halftime, he handled it exactly the way you would want a leader of your football team to handle it,” Kanell said, per 247Sports. “He cheered on Tua, talked to him between series and after the game said exactly what you wanted to hear. I think Jalen is frustrated and I think it’s justified because he just wants a little communication with his head coach. But that’s not something you get at Alabama.
"It’s more of a, ‘hey, everybody is going to fall in line and we’re all going to buy into the team above individual.’ But there are certain circumstances where I feel like you owe it to the player to communicate better with him.”
Hurts had voiced his thoughts on everything while speaking to the media earlier this month.
“I think as a player you definitely want to feel some concern from your coaches, I guess,” Hurts said. “But I don’t necessarily think they were not concerned, because they’re definitely concerned. I just don’t think that maybe they were bold enough to ask, like it was, I know it’s there but I don’t want to talk about it. I definitely think it was something that should have been talked about a long time ago instead of being talked about when it’s here.
“It’s kind of like a stove: after that game the stove got turned on, the heat got turned up and now it’s like, OK, I put the pot on the stove, I put the food on the stove, now the food is cooking, and come the season when it officially starts the food will be done.”
Alabama is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.