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Nick Saban Reveals Plan For 2 Alabama Quarterbacks For Saturday's Texas A&M Game

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Nick Saban entered the season with two quarterbacks who could start for roughly 95-percent of college football programs. So far, for Alabama football, balancing Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts has worked out just fine.

Tagovailoa is pretty clearly the No. 1 guy. He's started every game for the 3-0 Tide so far.

The sophomore has completed 72-percent of his throws for 646 yards and a fantastic 12.92 yards per attempt. He's tossed eight touchdowns and is yet to throw an interception. He also has 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

After a shaky appearance against Louisville, Hurts has also looked good. He's played in every game, and has gotten into each first half this season.

On the year, Hurts is 19-for-28 for 248 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. He also has 61 rushing yards.

Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts will both play once again for Alabama football against Texas A&M, Nick Saban says.

He detailed his plan for Saturday's game to ESPN's Chris Low:

"It's the same as it's always been, to use them both," Saban told ESPN on Thursday. "It evolves a little bit as you go. Our team has evolved. I can't tell you exactly how it all will play out. It's going to be whoever helps our team play the best, and they've both played a role in doing that.

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"We needed both quarterbacks last year, and we'll need them both again this year."

There had been rumors that Hurts was looking to redshirt, which would allow him to play a maximum of four games before preserving his eligibility for another school. If he plays against Texas A&M, he's right up against that limit, and Alabama couldn't then use him later in the year in the event of a Tagovailoa injury, without burning the shirt.

Basically, it looks like Hurts is going to play in every game, unless someone challenges Alabama enough to warrant Tagovailoa playing for an entire game. No one has come even close so far.

[ESPN]