Aaron Suttles: Jalen Hurts' dad has put pressure on him in the Alabama locker room

Dukes & Bell
April 20, 2018 - 5:31 pm
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Joining the show to talk about Alabama’s spring game on Saturday is Tide Sports.com’s Aaron Suttles.  With the talk about Jalen Hurts and if he’ll transfer (based on what his dad has said), “What he (the dad) said, is what everyone already knew.  It’s no secret that Alabama was probably going to lose one of the two guys, and it now puts pressure on Jalen in that locker room, as guys may wonder if he’s ‘all in.’”  

How surprising was the play of Tua Tagovailoa last year? – “He was doing that against their defense all year and he was told he would play against Clemson, but Alabama dominated that game and didn’t need to use him…until the Georgia game.”  Any concerns heading into 2018? – “They are replacing their entire secondary, and I think the offensive line will be one of the better ones of the Nick Saban era.  And if they play Tua (over Hurts later in the year), they should be able to run against anyone.”  

Suttles did say one of the areas that’ll be a concern is inside linebacker, “(because) they will be a little thin there.”  What else about the defense? – “You’re not going to replace DaRon Payne, he’s a first round draft pick, but they have a couple of players who will be able to challenge for that spot, but Raekwon (Davis) will be the next guy (to step up) along that line.”  

He added, Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses return, but they will not have the same depth they had last year.  Suttles did say Tagovailoa won’t play with his broken thumb, and he expects a crowd of around 60,000 for tomorrow’s spring game.