Jalen Hurts was made available to the media at Alabama’s Fan Day event, and some of his comments suggest that he’s not terribly pleased with his current situation.
@JalenHurts: "No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt. No one asked me what was on my mind. ... Now when we're trying to handle the situation now, for me it's kinda late. It's too late. The narrative has already been created." pic.twitter.com/adJS7UxmdL— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) August 4, 2018
This has to be a difficult situation to navigate for all involved. You have a returning two year starter who was pulled on national TV and watched his understudy put forth a legendary performance in a comeback victory for all the marbles. Since then, virtually everyone with a smartphone has anointed Tua Tagovailoa as the superior player while the coaches maintained that both Tua and Jalen would have an equal opportunity to win the job. It was almost unbelievable the way that both young men were handling the circumstances, and in hindsight it may well have been too good to be true.
Hurts mentions a “narrative” that he calls “the elephant in the room.” What does this mean? Saban has maintained all along that both players will have an equal opportunity to compete. Does Jalen think this is unfair, or does he feel that he is being strung along on a decision that has already been made? Might it be that the team is already gravitating to Tua? Or, is it just that Jalen believes that the coaches should have done more to slow down the Tua hype train?
In any event, this doesn’t sound good at the start of camp.
Update: Hey, look! It’s Lane again...