Tua Tagovailoa has second down and 26. Jalen Hurts has all season.
Tagovailoa is one major character in Daniel Moore’s “Second & Twenty-Six” collage painting, throwing from the left, between Nick Saban’s outstretched arms to DeVonta Smith on the other side.
Hurts set up the canvas and laid out the brushes and paints. Knowing him, he probably cleaned up when it was over.
Welcome to another Alabama quarterback controversy. Like so many in previous years, the fans have a favorite.
Fans loved Tyler Watts over Andrew Zow from the day Watts announced he’d sign with Alabama. Zow will always have the 2001 Iron Bowl.
Hurts became the next new thing in the 2016 A-Day Game, and he made plays throughout the Crimson Tide’s 2016 run to the College Football Playoff final and last year’s title run, right up to halftime of the championship game.
Tua came in as the perfect changeup and played a great second half and overtime. Well, after taking a sack that forced “Second & Twenty-Six.”
One runs, and one passes.
One plays more like traditional notions of an Alabama quarterback. One plays like … Jalen Hurts.
As SEC Media Days and the 2018 preseason camp draw near, it’s worth noting that one has a proven record of winning, even if winning ugly. The other has one, lore-locked relief appearance.
It’s “Second & 26” vs. All Season. May the best answer win, on the field and in the stands.