Hurts gives Alabama another way to attack opponents

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts looks for room to run as Auburn defensive back Javaris Davis closes in on him Saturday during the first half of the Iron Bowl. (Tuscaloosa News/Gary Cosby Jr.) Under Nick Saban, Alabama’s offense has always been tough to slow down, much less stop. But at least you always knew what was coming at you: a conventional pro-style attack with a pocket passer, great skill players and a mammoth line.

Who: No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 15 Florida (8-3)

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV: CBS

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

That has changed. A new and explosive element has been added to the mix that makes Alabama’s offense anything but conventional — or predictable.

Jalen Hurts.

The elusive true freshman quarterback has changed the way the Tide plays offense, and has obviously altered Saban’s pro-style mentality when it comes to that side of the ball.

“They’ve added a new dimension, obviously,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said. “This quarterback is something that’s real special, has created a lot of explosive plays not only for himself but obviously because you have to play that component. It loosens it up for some other guys.”

Thanks to the addition of a dual-threat quarterback, Saban’s offense now has a trendy college look about it, with a running quarterback and the read-option plays, while also blending in elements of a traditional pro-style attack.

The multi-layered offense seems to be a perfect fit for Hurts, who has been beating opposing defenses with his arm and his legs.

He’s been a game-changer for the No. 1 Tide, rushing for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns and throwing for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns. His ability to make plays with his legs — on designed quarterback runs and scramble plays — has created opportunities for Alabama’s many talented skill players.What offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has done is alter the traditional Alabama offense to fit the multiple skills of the new quarterback. And Saban obviously approves because Hurts has become the face of the Alabama offense. Unfortunately, this article is either no longer in our system or is in a different location.To find additional or related content, you can check out latest articles or use our site search function above.Thank you.