Alabama Football: The Tide Will Absolutely Beat Ole Miss

Sep 19, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) pushes away Mississippi Rebels linebacker Christian Russell (20) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Rebels defeated the Tide 43-37. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) pushes away Mississippi Rebels linebacker Christian Russell (20) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Rebels defeated the Tide 43-37. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /
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3. Bama’s Dual Threat Quarterback

Sep 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown past USC Trojans defensive back Chris Hawkins (4).. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown past USC Trojans defensive back Chris Hawkins (4).. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

There were some questions about who would take the snaps for the Crimson Tide earlier in the year, but true freshman Jalen Hurts sealed the deal last week. While Hurts had a good showing against USC in the season opener, he really shined in his first start as the Alabama football quarterback against Western Kentucky.

Hurts threw three amazing bullets down field – a 22 yard pass and a 40 yard pass – that were both dropped by his intended receivers. He also lobbed a 63 yarder to ArDarius Stewart that was called back because of a penalty.  Those are just the passes that DON’T count in his already impressive stats. And oh yeah – the kid can run too.

Hurts finished 23 for 36 attempts, and had 287 yards with two touchdown passes and NO turnovers while leading Alabama to a 38-10 victory over the Hilltoppers. Did he deliver a flawless performance? Not a chance. Saban himself even said that Hurts did “Okay”.

However, this is Hurts’ third game taking snaps for the Crimson Tide. He’s had time to settle into a rhythm, and he has the confidence of his team behind him. The eighteen year old can drop 60 yard bombs (if his receivers will just catch them), and he can run if he gets into trouble. It’s the first time in a few seasons Alabama football truly has a “dual threat” quarterback leading the team, and that will certainly help put them in front of Ole Miss for the win.

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