We're a week-and-a-half from Alabama's season opener against Louisville in Orlando. He still won't give a real hint towards who has the edge for the starting quarterback job between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa is widely considered the heavy favorite in the Alabama quarterback battle. The few folks who have had the chance to watch the team scrimmage say that he has looked a good deal better than Hurts.
Saban says things are still close. On Tuesday, he spoke to ESPN about the decision.
Nick Saban said that neither Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa has "separated" from the other to win the job.
From Chris Low's report:
"Both guys [Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa] are playing pretty well, so we'll just keep going and see if anybody separates," Saban told ESPN on Tuesday.
The head coach said both QBs are receiving equal reps in practice.
Louisville enters the season without former superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, so this year could be a bit of a rebuild for the Cardinals. That should be a game where Alabama can get a look at both signal callers, and Saban says that he may do just that.
"There could be a role for both of them, but there's been no decision made either way," Saban said. "Just like every position, there's good competition at quarterback, and nobody's backing away from that competition. As much as anybody, the other kids on the team will let us know which one of those guys gives us the best chance to win. The good thing is that we've won with both."
In the last few years, Saban has been comfortable doing exactly that. In 2015, Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman battled it out through three games before Coker really took control of the job. That stretch included a very tough game against Wisconsin to start the year, and a Week 3 loss to Ole Miss.
In 2016, Blake Barnett started the opener against USC, but was eventually replaced by Hurts, who has been the starter since. Now, we could have a similar situation to start the season.