This hasn't been the easiest season for Jalen Hurts. He has lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, and even though Nick Saban continues to play both QBs, Hurts has thrown only 31 passes in four games while Tagovailoa has established himself as a Heisman contender.
Still, there appears to be a healthy mutual respect between the two signal callers. They've been publicly supportive of each other, and now Tagovailoa's father has gone to bat for Hurts.
In an interview with Birmingham TV anchor Rick Karle, Galu Tagovailoa gushed about the impact Hurts has had on his son and the Alabama program in general.
“I know Jalen is a special kid,” Galu Tagovailoa said. “I’m really, really grateful and thankful to Jalen and the family, the parents. Jalen took in Tua as his brother, and they’ve worked, and it hurts me to hear and to see how people react to Jalen. I mean, this kid has been so special to this day. As a father, I know how it feels, I can just imagine going through that with my son. It kills me to see things like that, especially with our faith.
“We pray for Jalen, we pray for the family, and I always tell Tua, ‘you gotta hold tight to Jalen, that’s your guy.' Not because you’re starting and that things have changed; it should never be like that. It breaks my heart to see that, but at the same time, when we see Jalen come in, I mean, I’m stoked, I’m happy. I want to see him be successful, I want to see him do good, because he’s been good, I mean, he’s taken this team to two national championships. You can’t take that away from him, you can’t take that away from him and his family.”
Hurts is set to graduate in December, and he is expected to transfer for his final year of eligibility. He'll have a long list of suitors.
Until then, he will continue to play his role for the Crimson Tide and be ready if needed.
[ 247 Sports ]