Listen to What Nick Saban Said After the 2018 A-Day Game

Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa were all smiles following last year's Sugar Bowl win over Clemson but how much longer will the good times last

Following Hurts' subpar performance in Alabama's nationally-televised A-Day spring game on Saturday, third-string quarterback Mac Jones looked like the best quarterback on the field in the contest, Finebaum suggests the writing is on the wall for Hurts' chances to win the starting job this offseason.

The school announced the news via Twitter on Friday, with Key responding shortly after by thanking the Crimson Tide coaches and fans. Teams across football would kill for a quarterback who'd get them to that point-no matter that Hurts wasn't the primary architect of Alabama's success.

Hurts completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 195 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. More importantly, his offense was kept out of the end zone the entire game.

Coach Saban however claims that he is not dissapointed in Hurt's performance but instead he feels that today's game was more of a testament to the starting defense and lack of protection. "I think we have some guys that can rush a little bit. and there was way too much pressure on the pocket for the quarterback to operate like we like". At halftime, Jones was 12-for-21 for 179 yards with 1 TD, 1 INT. Hurts went 6-for-14 for 32 yards with 0 TDs, 0 INTs. The biggest thing moving forward that we would like the players to focus on is the individual improvements the players need to make, so they have the best opportunity to out-perform the people they have to play against next year.

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It was different this time for Tagovailoa, however.

He certainly has the ability, as Leatherwood showed in stepping in for an injured Jonah Williams in the national championship game. That all changed when Tagovailoa broke a bone in his throwing hand during the first practice.

Crimson extended its lead early in the second quarter when Jones and wide receiver Chadarius Townsend connected on the biggest play of the game. But only one can start. After two years as Alabama's starter, he's said he won't switch positions, and his father Averion Hurts made it quite clear in a Bleacher Report interview this week that Hurts is gunning for the starting job he lost in January and will likely transfer if he doesn't win it.

SHORT-HANDED OFFENSE: Along with Tagovailoa, the Crimson Tide offense was without receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tyrell Shavers, lineman Matt Womack and running back Josh Jacobs.

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