Jalen Hurts put the Big 12 on notice Sunday night with a six touchdown/508 yard performance in the season opener against Houston. It wasn’t just teams around the conference taking note of Hurts’ historic performance, his former coach and teammates at Alabama were very well aware of his big night as well.
“I didn’t see the game last night. We work on Sunday nights,” Saban said during his Monday press conference. “But I hear he played extremely well and did an outstanding job, and that doesn’t surprise me in the least bit. And we’re really happy for him, not only in the way he handled himself throughout this entire process, but now that he’s having success as well.”
Former teammates from both sides of the ball also spoke out on their former quarterback’s performance with corner Trevon Diggs having spoken with Hurts before the game.
“He was excited to play, happy to play,” Diggs said. “I feel like he showed up.”
Alabama star receiver Jerry Jeudy was able to catch the game from his room and was please with what he saw.
“I’m happy for him. He did a great job, both passing and running,” Jeudy said. “Six touchdowns, that’s unbelievable. But that’s what Jalen does, so I’m very happy for him.”
Hurts’ departure from Tuscaloosa to Norman left a bunch of Alabama players, media, and fans following him with curiosity even some hope of success. It sounds like Nick Saban falls into both of those categories.
“I think that Jalen set a great example when he was here, when he was a player,” Saban said. “He was a good leader. He was a good performer. And I also think when things didn’t go his way he showed a lot of character as a person to continue to try to improve himself and do everything he could to help his team.”
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