The look on Jalen Hurts’s face after last year’s title victory is tough to forget. The then-starting quarterback watched helplessly from the sidelines as freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa filled in for him–and ended up having a dazzling performance that all but won the game for the Crimson Tide.
Hurts was clearly happy with the win, but the sting of being sidelined for poor performance on national television was taking a clear toll on the then-19-year-old. He took the high ground and expressed happiness for the team and for his teammate, but there’s been talk in the meantime of Hurts’s potential transfer as he looks for a way to get more minutes.
Since then, Tagovailoa has been the starting QB for the 12-0 Alabama team, and there’s talk of him being a Heisman contender this year. During the third quarter of Saturday’s SEC Championship game against Georgia, though, Tagovailoa was downed after a nasty ankle injury.
He was helped off the field, and for Hurts, it was go time.
Hurts Scored Quickly After Being Subbed in for Tagovailoa
In an unbelievable twist, considering last year’s story, Jalen Hurts took his turn on the field, this time with Tagovailoa watching from the sideline. The game was tied with just a minute to go, when Hurts broke through the defense and powered into the endzone. Bama was now up, and the game was all but won.
You really can’t make this up.
Hurts’s patience paid off, and he couldn’t have made his clutch play at a better time. Alabama got away with the win and they’re lucky to have two high-caliber quarterbacks at their disposal.
Stephen A. summed things up nicely:
Source: Heavy Sports