Sometimes, love hurts when you lose it. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts might have to endure some of that this spring. Let’s back this up for a second and explain. For a true freshman, Hurts looked phenomenal during his debut season with the Crimson Tide. He set the single-season rushing record for a quarterback, had more than 3,700 total yards and guided Alabama and its offense to the national championship game. You can’t take away from those accomplishments. At the same time, Hurts had one heck of a supporting cast. And, he wasn’t without flaws.
A tremendous athlete who could hang with the big boys right away, Hurts didn’t noticeably improve as a passer over the course of 2016. Many of his drop backs turned into a mad-dash scramble toward the sidelines. And as defenses began adjusting to his tendencies and exploiting his weaknesses, Hurts’ numbers dropped.