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UA running back defends Jalen Hurts after recent comments from Fan Day

Marvin Gentry - USA TODAY Sports

This will be the most entertaining quarterback race no matter who ends up winning the starting job.

After making his comments last week on how he feels the battle for the position is being mishandled, Jalen Hurts was immediately hit with criticism on social media. 

His mother, Pamela Hurts, met the same fate as she tried to defend her son who has led the Alabama football program to two national title games.

While Hurts looks to block out noise and Tua Tagovailoa is assumed to be named the starter, junior running back Josh Jacobs took to Twitter and addressed comments that were directed to Hurts. 

Jacobs, who appears to be healthy for the first time since 2016, has grown as a blocker and receiver to pair with his rushing abilities. Despite a nagging ankle issue in 2017, the Oklahoma native still turned in 452 all-purpose yards (284 rushing, 166 receiving) with three touchdowns. 

As for Hurts, he now has added motivation to win the job. The line he stated that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way was “It’s too late. The narrative has already been written.”  

An opportunity is there for him to re-write it, but will he seize it? 

Fall camp will continue until game week enters on Monday, Aug. 27. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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