Is Alabama Becoming A Quarterback School?
When you think of the greatest Alabama quarterbacks throughout the history of the school, it's easy to pick out a few names. Joe Namath, Riley Smith and Richard Todd (Seriously go look at their careers at Alabama). After those names, Alabama has had some solid talent under center, but they never excelled on the NFL stage. That is, until recently.
It all began with former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts, who is now starting in his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, was a powerhouse for Alabama at the quarterback position. Drafted by the Eagles in the second round, Hurts would begin his career with one of the best seasons for a QB in Alabama history. Hurts threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns. He would also set the record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 954 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hurts would be a second round draft pick by the Eagles in 2020.
Hurts was famously benched during the 2018 National Championship game against Georgia for then freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would come in and put on an offensive show in the game. Throwing for 3 passing touchdowns in route to a 26-23 win over Georgia and an championship game offensive MVP. Tua would continue his career at Alabama finishing with 87 career touchdowns and over 7,000 yards passing. Tua, despite a shortened senior season due to injury, would be drafted in the 1st round by the Miami Dolphins in 2020.
Former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was not slated to be the starter in the 2020-2021 season. However, Jones would earn a spot coming out of the summer with his work ethic and tough play at the quarterback position. Jones would be named as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and lead his team to a 18th National Championship in Miami against Ohio State. Jones would finish his Alabama career by throwing for 56 touchdowns and over 6,000 yards passing, and won several offensive awards including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award. Jones would participate in the 2021 NFL Draft and most experts believe him to be a top 5 pick this coming season.
While the past several seasons have bred great quarterback play, sophomore quarterback Bryce Young seems to be the next to take over behind the center position. While Alabama fans saw talent flashed throughout last season, it is clear that Young will look to continue the trend of great players at quarterback for the Crimson Tide.
Is Alabama a quarterback school? This season's success may be a strong answer to that question.