Sport Alabama's Tagovailoa defends Hurts from criticism

21:40  12 january  2018
21:40  12 january  2018 Source:   The Sports Xchange

Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama's Fascinating Offseason Quarterback Quandary

  Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama's Fascinating Offseason Quarterback Quandary Two ex-quarterbacks who had led their college teams to national titles began signaling just as overtime began in Monday’s national title game. Two ex-quarterbacks who had led their college teams to national titles began signaling just as overtime began in Monday’s national title game. New Nebraska coach Scott Frost, in town to collect the Eddie Robinson Award for his work at UCF, stood near the sideline as Alabama and Georgia rolled toward their epic finish. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had to stay near the SEC Network set so he could jump on the air when the game ended.

Jalen Hurts was Alabama ’ s starting quarterback all season, but Tua Tagovailoa is getting much of the credit for leading the Tide to a national championship. Tagovailoa wants to make sure fans remember that. On Thursday, Tagovailoa took to Twitter to defend Hurts against critics who say the

Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spoke out in defense of teammate Jalen Hurts Thursday on Twitter after many fans criticized Hurts ’ play and attitude after being benched in the National Championship game against Georgia.

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A benched Jalen Hurts was the first to congratulate new QB Tua Tagovailoa on his TD pass

  A benched Jalen Hurts was the first to congratulate new QB Tua Tagovailoa on his TD pass Classy gesture.

Tagovailoa replaced Hurts and led Alabama to a victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes as Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter (13) defends during the second quarter. TITANS IN NFL PLAYOFFS Alabama ' s Tua Tagovailoa 'a stud,' Marcus Mariota says | 0:44.

Tua Tagovailoa once again rushed to the defense of fellow Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, the man he replaced earlier this week in the College Football Playoff national championship.

This time, however, it was on social media.

Tagovailoa came on relief of Hurts and tossed three touchdowns -- including a 41-yard strike to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith -- in a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia on Monday. Alabama (13-1) won its second national title in three years a season after losing to Clemson on the last play of the game last year.

Tagovailoa, however, took issue on Wednesday with comments over Twitter that painted Hurts -- a two-year starter and the 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year -- in a bad light.

"Tired of people not appreciating the fact that if this man led us to the National Championship," Tagovailoa wrote of Hurts. "And for all the fans that are against Jalen, you against me too. You either WITH US or AGAINST US. Love you 2"

Nick Saban explains decision to make QB switch at halftime

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— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) January 11, 2018. During the championship game, Hurts was the first player off the bench to congratulate Tagovailoa following Alabama ’ s first touchdown pass. These two have each other’s backs.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) celebrates with the championship trophy after beating the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes as Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter (13) defends during the second quarter.

Hurts appreciated the kind words.

"Love You Too Lil Bro ! Proud Of You!" Hurts wrote.

Hurts struggled in the title game by going just 3 of 8 for 21 yards before he was benched in favor of Tagovailoa. The true sophomore has thrown for 4,926 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in two seasons as the starter and rushed for 1,809 yards and 21 scores, posting a 26-2 record over that time.

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Alabama: 5/2: <p>Some teams rebuild every year. For Alabama, it's known as reloading. The reigning national champs have two strong quarterback options in Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa returning and hope to have running back Damien Harris for his senior season. The defense loses significant players like Rashaan Evans but has plenty of talent where that came from for coach Nick Saban to shape.</p> Way-too-early odds for next year's national title

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The Alabama Crimson Tide won the national title in dramatic fashion with a 26-23 overtime win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday night. A gutsy quarterback change was at the heart of their victory. It was a classic game filled with talent and drama on both sides, and Alabama staged a memorable second half comeback to take home the hardware.Here’s a look at five reasons why the Crimson Tide were able to come back and win the championship.1.

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