Smith on Sports: Quarterback position at MSU, Alabama will be worth watching

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Speaking of that grind, how long will he keep doing what he does?

"I did not expect the call, even though we had seen it in practice", Gold said. Nobody at UCF asked me, but I think Knights brass has to consider the unique nature of Vedral's situation - his dad and three uncles played for Big Red - as opposed to lumping him into a blanket policy. I know people are going to go that's hyperbole... "He didn't really separate me from everybody". It becomes a part of the legacy of that team. I think it was a coaching issue more than anything else, starting with Riley and Bob Diaco.

Ben Glicksman, The Ringer: "Nick Saban is a creature of habit". So, all debate over the greatest college football coach of all time should cease because we just saw the some of his best work. The secret to Saban's sustained excellence doesn't lie in his stubborn adherence to his system, though; it lies in his uncommon willingness to adapt.

Arians, who retired after the 2017 season, told Colin Cowherd on FS1 that he wouldn't be surprised if Saban is interested in returning to the National Football League on one condition. He's strayed from his conservative ethos at key junctures and has been rewarded with titles as a result.

It might be more tempting to stay in Tuscaloosa, where Bear Bryant won six national titles.

Tagovailoa, a freshman, replaced Hurts in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, throwing for three second-half touchdowns in the overtime win over Georgia. He looked like a blend of Russell Wilson, Johnny Manziel, and Zeus as he clinically picked apart Georgia's defense, unfurling one lighting bolt after another in orchestrating a thrilling comeback.

Salary: Jon Gruden just signed a 10-year contract valued at $100 million, which is in the neighborhood of Saban's $11.1 million deal that runs through 2025 at 'Bama. "But I'm so relieved and so excited for everyone in the locker room that we got the win".

There doesn't appear to be any ill feelings between Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, despite Hurts losing his job in the national championship.

It set the stage for a quarterback competition between Tagovailoa and Hurts, who is 26-2 as a starter and has helped Alabama make two title game appearances.

Mariota said that Saint Louis School quarterbacks coach Vinny Passas, who mentored Mariota and Tagovailoa, "I'm sure he's smiling at us".

The conference's domination led many to question the decision by the BCS selection committee to not include Ohio State in the final four, instead going with eventual National Champion Alabama. "I probably wouldn't have waited all the way to halftime". So, Alabama win and I go into these litanies of facts.

Coach Nick Saban has already shown the nation that he's not anxious about pulling Hurts in favor of Tagovailoa in a big game.

Thumbs up to Central Florida, which was the only unbeaten team this season.

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