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Alabama QB Jalen Milroe: Crimson Tide player spotlight for 2023

Alabama QB Jalen Milroe (#2) in warmups before the 2023 spring game.
Photo comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

We have made it to July and SEC Football Media Days are coming soon. 

The University of Alabama looks to return to the College Football Playoff in the fall and win a national championship. Nick Saban has several talented players, but which ones will emerge as the most impactful?

RELATED: Jalen Milroe’s high school coach says he’s ‘locked in’ on Alabama’s QB competition

The staff at Touchdown Alabama Magazine will spotlight numerous players for the upcoming season.

Jalen Milroe, a redshirt sophomore, is first at quarterback.

Jalen Milroe

Classification: Redshirt Sophomore

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Position: Quarterback

Size: 6-2/220 pounds

2022 stats: 297 passing yards, 265 rushing yards, six total touchdowns, three interceptions

Strengths: Size, athleticism, speed, knowledge of the system, some big game experience 

Weaknesses: Needs to improve overall as a passer, needs to protect the football more

Summary

Jalen Milroe enters his third season for the University of Alabama in the fall.

He came to the Crimson Tide as a four-star prospect in the 2021 signing class. Milroe is an incredible athlete and might be the fastest player on the team. Alabama fans saw his speed and athleticism versus Arkansas in 2022.

RELATED: Alabama fans react to Jalen Milroe’s exemplary practice touchdown throw

He recorded an electric 77-yard run and finished with 91 yards rushing, 65 yards passing, and two touchdowns. Milroe earned his first career start in Alabama’s meeting with Texas A&M. He suffered three turnovers — including two lost fumbles — against the Aggies, but his three touchdown passes helped the Tide to a 24-20 victory. Milroe improved his passing some in spring practice, but he did not do enough to separate himself as a starter. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has to make opponents respect him as a complete quarterback. He also has to protect the ball if Coach Saban is going to trust him with the offense. People are concerned about his ball security and consistency in the passing game. Both are reasons why Alabama brought in Tyler Buchner to compete.

He is not going to be Bryce Young; however, Milroe has to prove he can be accurate in passing the ball.

If he can do that in fall camp, Milroe should win the job.

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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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