MOBILE, AL – Alabama’s annual spring football game, called A-Day, is coming up Saturday at 1 p.m. and Bleacher Report’s Chris Walsh joined WNSP Thursday to discuss some of the big questions surrounding the game.
The thing on most people’s minds is the question of quarterbacks. After having a breakout performance in last season’s national championship game, Tua Tagovailoa is going to have to battle with Jalen Hurts for playing time at the quarterback position.
The topic of who will be the starting quarterback at Alabama next season has sparked many debates among fans, and Saturday’s A-Day game will give the public a showing of what these quarterbacks can do.
“I’ve been around Alabama for a number of years, and we’re used to competition,” said Walsh. “We’re used to having a split in the fanbase, and it’s happening with this.
“Everybody has an opinion, and every media company is playing it up. It seems like people are not only rooting for one but rooting against the other. The real danger is that it’s going to get into the locker room and split this team. Saban is aware of this, and that’s why he’s being so methodical about this decision.”
The headline has been Jalen Hurts’ father saying that he is a quarterback and will not play at any other position. Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban has been quiet on the topic of how the team will handle their quarterback dilemma. Linebacker Mack Wilson has also weighed in on Twitter, saying he likes both quarterbacks.
“It’s starting to strike a bit of a nerve now,” Walsh said. “Jalen wants to be a quarterback, and he’s doing everything he can to improve. But there’s the headline and the lead quote, and that’s what everybody is focused on. But there’s a lot more to this story than just that.”
Throughout last season, Hurts led the Crimson Tide at quarterback. He completed 154 of his 255 passes for a total of 2081 yards.
However, during the national championship game against Georgia, Saban put in Tagovailoa, who led the Tide to victory.
“I think they’re both really good quarterbacks,” said Walsh. “There’s no doubt about that. It’s going to be a long summer.”
For more, you can listen to the full interview below and tune in to Sports Drive weekday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WNSP.