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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts shines in season opener against Southern California

Alabama true freshman Jalen Hurts (No. 2) in the shotgun against Southern California: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

A star was born at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.

True freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts did more than just play against Southern California; he provided the spark Alabama needed to defeat the Trojans. Despite not getting the nod to start, Hurts entered the game in the first quarter and got the Crimson Tide on the scoreboard with a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver ArDarius Stewart in the second quarter.

He would engineer another scoring drive late in the first half, which ended on an Adam Griffith 29-yard field goal. The four-star recruit established more confidence in the second half, as he accounted for three total touchdowns (two rushing) in the third quarter. His debut came with two rookie mistakes (fumble, interception), nevertheless, Hurts possessed a veteran’s demeanor.

In his return to his home state, Hurts was involved on 31 of Alabama’s 52 points in its 52-6 win over USC. Overall, he recorded 154 total yards (32 rushing) and completed six of 11 pass attempts.

Hurts and the Tide will be in Tuscaloosa next week for its home opener against Western Kentucky.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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