Alabama WR giving away tickets to young Tide fans for Saturday's game

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Although the Rams are 28.5-point underdogs heading into this Saturday's showdown with the (again) No. 1 Crimson Tide, Peter Burns of SEC Network says the Rams will get their chances. Quarterback Jalen Hurts and Alabama should have plenty of options and some time to figure things out before the next big game.

It's that same approach Holcombe parlayed into his first career start Saturday in place of injured senior middle linebacker Rashaan Evans (groin), finishing with a career-high seven tackles against Fresno State.

Hentges, whose only catch went for a 23-yard touchdown, has a different perspective on the matter.

"Well, he does a great job of executing their offense", Saban said. "They've got a lot of balance in what they do". Hurts has thrown for two touchdowns, completing 24 of 36 passes for 224 yards.

Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said Alabama's defensive front resembled something found in the pros during his Monday news conference before the Rams and Crimson Tide meet Saturday.

Alabama's running game features a four-head monster with running backs Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and freshman Najee Harris, plus Hurts, who has a team-high 209 yards on the ground.

Alabama wide receiver Donnie Lee Jr. grew up in an Alabama fan, as he lived in Northport, Alabama - a town separated from Tuscaloosa by the Black Warrior River and nothing more.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama coach Nick Saban's goal is to make sure his players respect every opponent.

"We're still developing our team, so our team's got a long ways to go, I mean, in a lot of areas", Saban said. If you want to be critical of a guy for rushing 154 yards and think he should not do that so he can pass more, than that's up to you. You can do that if you want. "But I think that's something, that if they (CSU) throw some exotic looks at him, I think they're going to want Hurts to throw the ball a little more, it could lead to some turnovers". Tagovailoa was 6 of 9 for 64 yards in his college debut with a 16-yard TD pass to another highly touted freshman, Henry Ruggs III.

"We didn't take too many shots in the game, but I don't think we really had to", Hurts said. They've got a good quarterback. They had two against Steven Montez in the loss to Colorado, so the potential is there to make some momentum-shifting plays. They can do anything.

And so, even while some outside the program continue to question his abilities, Hurts isn't fazed in the least, all the while maintaining a pragmatic view on his job as Alabama's starting quarterback.

"I think that he thinks he is (a running back) sometimes, but he can do it all", Harris said. Everybody knows how special of a player he is and how dynamic of a playmaker he is. "He's a true talent".

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