When Jalen Hurts, Alabama's starting quarterback for two seasons, was benched in favor of true freshman Tua Tagovailoa mid-way through last year's national championship against Georgia, and then when Tagovailoa led the Tide to a thrilling comeback win and game-winning TD throw in OT, it was pretty abundant that controversy was on the horizon. "I think we have got some guys that can rush a little bit, and even though we were rushing four guys most of the time, there was way too much pressure in the pocket for the quarterback to be able to operate like we would like". With Tua Tagovailoa out of action due to injury, Hurts was outperformed by redshirt freshman Mac Jones, who completed 23 of 35 passes for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Key tweeted his respects to Avery and the Alabama program, and said "This decision was extremely hard and weighed heavily on me", in announcing his decision. Meanwhile, Bulovas, who was the kicker for both the Crimson and White teams, finished the day connecting on 5-of-7 field goals, including netting 48- and 49-yard attempts.
And-home series set with Notre Dame in 2028-29
Alabama coach Nick Saban , should he still be on the sideline, would be 76 when the first game against Notre Dame rolls around. It will be the first time the Irish and Crimson Tide have met in the regular season since a two-game series in 1986 and 1987.
DeVonta Smith had a game-high 87 receiving yards. Robinson added 59 receiving yards. Trevon Diggs had nine tackles and an interception. "All in all, we made a lot of progress this spring and I'm not completely satisfied where we are, but I'm certainly excited about the opportunities that we have to try and improve over the summer and the individuals over the next five weeks". "My job is to do what's best for Jalen-and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback". One thing I tell him every day: 'Just come to work, be the best you can be, control what you can control and just be the best you you can be, ' " said senior running back Damien Harris.
"We had the first offense playing against the first defense", Saban said. Alabama opens the 2018 season on September 1, facing Louisville in Orlando.