The Alabama quarterback competition has been a major story this offseason. It got a whole lot bigger on Saturday.
Incumbent starter Jalen Hurts, who was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa at halftime of last season's national title game, was asked about the quarterback battle. Hurts response went viral quickly.
The rising junior said no one on the Alabama staff spoke to him about the race for the starting job.
Here are his comments, via AL.com.
“No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt,” Hurts said. “No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held.”
After Hurts' comments were published, some criticized him as selfish for his candidness.
Today, Hurts' mom Pamela weighed in on what is going on. She defender her son in a Facebook post, and she didn't hold back.
“Wow ignorance is blissed,” Pamela Hurts said per tdalabamamag.com. “When has Jalen ever spoken to media about anything other than the team? When has he ever whined, pouted or talk about what “y’all” don’t know takes place behind the scenes? There’s a reason why players aren’t allowed to speak to the media. Jalen spoke his truth, finally, after 3 years of being compliant and controlled. You have no idea what is and has been going on— and most likely, never will.
“Folks quick to speak highly on his character and demeanor, but know he is completely opposite of those accolades today. If you can turn on this young man today and not your president for any of his rhetoric, you were never with him to begin with."
By all accounts, Hurts and Tagovailoa are both well-respected by their teammates and the Alabama coaching staff. It doesn't seem like there's major internal strife among the players regarding the ongoing duel.
However, it doesn't look like this is going away any time soon. Hurts has already said he will be with the Crimson Tide this season, so we'll have to see how this plays out once the season starts.