This has already been the year of the freshman quarterback in college football as even Alabama has a highly-touted rookie passer making headlines. On Saturday, Jalen Hurts became the first freshman to get a start at quarterback for the Crimson Tide in over 30 years as Alabama faced Western Kentucky.
Following an impressive debut, despite splitting time with Blake Barnett against the USC Trojans, Hurts was given the opening drive this week by head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. In doing so, he is making history as the first quarterback to start for the program as a first-year player since Vince Sutton in 1984 – a 32 year gap between freshman starters for the school.
The Crimson Tide announced Hurts and Barnett as co-starters before the game, but Hurts getting the opening drive gave the freshman the de facto start for Week 2. He earned the nod with his explosive play against the Trojans as he threw for 118 yards along with two touchdowns in a blowout win for Alabama.
Hurts is currently receiving the majority of the workload at quarterback in the first half while Barnett has come in as well. Even so, he has accomplished an impressive feat considering how dominant Alabama has been in recruiting top talent during the Nick Saban era as a freshman is now leading the charge for arguably the biggest program in college football.
The Crimson Tide are currently leading the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by the score of 17-3 at the half.