But he needs the freshman hair back
I’m old and I don’t like stuff.
I can’t exactly say why watching Jalen Hurts essentially win the national championship over Georgia last Saturday did it for me, but … chills.
It was nothing against Georgia, and it’s amazing that Alabama can all of a sudden be a feel-good story, but when that guy got off the bench to hit 7-of-9 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown – and run for 28 yards and the game-winner – that was a moment.
That was one of those things that will live forever in SEC and college football lore as the Jalen Hurts Game, especially if Georgia obliterates Texas in the Sugar Bowl, and Alabama rolls through the next two games for the College Football Playoff national title.
He never got the respect he deserved for his first two seasons.
He has never been given his due for completing 63% of his career passes averaging eight yards per pop with 48 touchdowns.
He deserved to be at least on the fringe of the Heisman discussion as a freshman after running for close to 1,000 yards and 13 scores and throwing 23 touchdown passes.
He deserved a better fate after what would’ve been remembered as an epic touchdown drive, only to lose the 2016 season’s national championship on a pick play.
He deserved to get more credit for helping to lead the last year’s team into the College Football Playoff – he played okay in the one loss to Auburn – instead of being remembered for being replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the second half.
And he deserved to not be condescended to, getting credit for not being a jerk and actually being happy after the other guy came up with the national championship throw.
After being around Alabama media types so often over the last few years, I’ve heard countless stories about the guys they don’t like. I have yet to hear anyone say anything but gushing praise about Hurts. Now he goes from being a great part of the Nick Saban era to legendary.
Hurts could’ve and should’ve transferred – and he still should – but he didn’t.
You want to talk about endearing yourself to a powerful fan base for life? To stick around and handle himself the way he has is one thing, but to do that and give Alabama fans a win like that?