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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Nick Saban open to playing two quarterbacks

Nick Saban may have an ideal “problem” on his hands entering the college football season.

Saban has two excellent quarterbacks on the roster. First, there’s Jalen Hurts, under whom the team has lost just two games in two seasons. He threw for 17 touchdowns and just one interception while rushing for eight scores last season. Then there’s Tua Tagovailoa, a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who entered the national championship game after halftime and led Alabama to victory over Georgia.

Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low on Thursday that he could see the team finding roles for both quarterbacks next season.

“The most important thing is to play the best guy, and if both guys can play winning football, it’s not out of the question that we’ll find a role for both guys in fairness to both guys,” Saban told ESPN. “I don’t know that there’s any more to it than that.”

Saban has told both quarterbacks there will be an open competition for the starting job and that both will have a chance to win it.

Based on what we saw in the title game, Tagovailoa seems to offer some more upside than Hurts. But you can’t discount what Hurts has done the last two seasons; he’s a pretty awesome quarterback to have leading your team too.

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