Smith on Sports: Quarterback position at MSU, Alabama will be worth watching

Postado Janeiro 13, 2018

It might be more tempting to stay in Tuscaloosa, where Bear Bryant won six national titles.

Time and time again, Fromm found ways to get his team out of trouble. "The message to the team tonight after this game was I hope you take something from this game and the resiliency that you showed in this game and it helps you be more successful in life". At times he still had the markings of a freshman: he threw an interception in the third quarter when all his receivers, expecting a run, were downfield blocking, and he nearly fouled up the last few seconds of regulation, forcing Saban to put Hurts back in to manage the clock. In the second half, freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 8 of 10 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. "I don't know. But it would not shock me if he did".

The win gave Alabama and head coach Nick Saban a fifth national championship title in nine years.

"A very motived unit, one that was ready to go get it", Hurts said. It appears, and I'm no expert, that Tagovailoa's habits didn't just start when he got to Alabama. "We were watching my phone and watching the game and just screaming the whole time".

The Tide remained determined and steadily began erasing the deficit.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Tagovailoa is a vocal Christian who attended St. Louis School, the same Catholic academic and football program that produced Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (another strong Christian, who led his team into a squeaker playoff win Saturday over the Kansas City Chiefs). Facing a fourth-and-four, Saban chose to gamble and go for it with 3:56 left.

Despite not having the same spin on the football that Tagovailoa possesses, the freshman has been bothered by recent comments on the sophomore - concerning should Hurts transfer or switch to a different spot. It was incredible to see coaches going to church.

One bad half - and there's no doubt Hurts failing to be remotely effective passing the ball against Georgia was an eyesore - doesn't always compel a coach to go to the bullpen. The Tide had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Andy Pappanastos' 36-yard field goal try as time expired was hooked left, forcing overtime. "It put us out of field-goal range".

With a new coaching staff leading the Bulldogs into this fall, it will be interesting to see how they look at the quarterback spot. I know people are going to go that's hyperbole...

Whatever he's thinking, he wasn't tipping his hand after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in overtime Monday and he was asked to take stock of how much longer he plans to coach.

Fitzpatrick won the Bednarik and Thorpe awards this season, and he has won two national titles with Alabama.

"I could tell which side was the Alabama side", he said, as transcribed by ForTheWin.