"Everyone had questions about who was going to start at quarterback when this game started", Taylor said.
Saban responded: "I still like both guys".
"I still like both guys". Tagovailoa was 12-of-16 through the air for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns before Hurts got some reps. Alright, so why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them?
Tua is capable of making plays Hurts can't, but he's also capable of making mistakes Hurts wouldn't, and Saban won't be afraid to go back to Hurts if he feels the need to. However, Saban apparently issued an apology to Taylor, which felt necessary. "I'm not going to, so quit asking". He played so well, in fact, that it's easy to see how he'll be Alabama's primary QB throughout the season. Hurts was the starter for an 11-1 team that won the Sugar Bowl semifinal against Clemson, and Tagovailoa is the young stud who stepped in after halftime to rally Alabama to a national title win against Georgia.
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Saban has been around long enough to know how this works.
Saban refused to name a starting quarterback before Saturday night's game, even going so far as to refuse to tell Taylor who would go out on the field first right before the kickoff. Taylor handled it like a seasoned pro though, and moved on to the next question.
The longtime Crimson Tide head coach lost his cool with Taylor after beating Louisville 51-14 Saturday. We didn't learn until the offense ran onto the field that Tua Tagovailoa was going to be starting under center.