Sport Alabama's Tagovailoa defends Hurts from criticism

21:40  12 january  2018
21:40  12 january  2018 Source:   sportsxchange.com

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.

Alabama QBs Jalen Hurts , Tua Tagovailoa express love for each other after championship. Alabama head coach Nick Saban reacted to a story that junior quarterback Jalen Hurts would transfer if he is not the Crimson Tide' s starter.

Tua Tagovailoa defends Jalen Hurts against criticism - larrybrownsports.com. Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes as Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter (13) defends during the second quarter.

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  Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title <p>Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.</p>BOX SCORE:  ALABAMA 26, GEORGIA 23 (OT)

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. (UPI Sport News) More.

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.

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"

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Tagovailoa replaced Hurts and led Alabama to a victory in the title game.

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

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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