Jalen Hurts’ legacy at Alabama before moving to Oklahoma will go down as an interesting one to be sure. The quarterback controversy between him and Tua Tagovailoa was certainly among the most intense for a major program in recent memory. But despite ultimately losing that battle to Tua, Hurts holds his former Alabama teammate in very high regard.
Speaking to ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Hurts explained that he has a special relationship with Tua. He added that he talks to Tua a lot and has kept in touch with him frequently.
“That’s a relationship that’ll never go away,” Hurts said. “I talk to him and kept in touch with him all year.”
The quarterback controversy began in earnest in the second half of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. With Alabama trailing Georgia at the half, Nick Saban pulled Hurts from the game in favor of the true freshman Tua. After Tua led the Crimson Tide to a comeback and an overtime win, he won the starting job outright the next year.
“That’s a relationship that’ll never go away. I talk to him and kept in touch with him all year.”@JalenHurts tells @JeremySchaap about his relationship with @Tuaamann as they both enter the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/ogcEIMUO5k
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) March 7, 2020
Hurts was relegated to spot duty in the 2018 season, but made one more huge contribution for Alabama. During the 2018 SEC Championship Game, Hurts came on for an injured Tua and led the Tide to a comeback of his own.
But after the season, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma. He went on to have a career year with the Sooners, leading them to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Though Hurts and Tua may be friends, they could easily find themselves as rivals in the NFL this coming year.
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