It probably wasn’t the game that Alabama wanted, to be sure. The goal was to develop and improve. In that respect, it was an an uneven effort. The Tide looked tired or a step slow much of the afternoon. That pass rush was mostly absent. The offensive line was sporadic.
But, the running game looked crisp most of the night. The secondary generally played well. The defensive line shut down the run. Tons of kids got substantial reps, including Tua Tagavailoa who scored his first touchdown to Henry Ruggs III, which was also a first for the wideout.
But, the man of the hour was Jalen Hurts. He did look improved and worked within the play calls given to him, which were mainly intermediate routes to the outside (14 of 18). And, he made a perfect read and throw to Hale Hentges on the seam. On the ground, he was electric, rushing for over 150 yards and two scores. He complied over 300 yards and 3 scores on the day.
Pappanastos was perfect and there were no injuries to boot!
We’ll have the Initial Impressions later. For now, this is your overnight thread. There’s a lot of good football left:
- Auburn at Clemson
- OSU hosts Oklahoma
- Georgia travels to Notre Dame
- USC vs. Stanford
- and, a great nightcap with Boise State at Wazzu.
41-10, Roll Tide.
Two down. Thirteen to go.