Saban: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa to start against Arkansas State; ‘and we’ll use Jalen’s skillset’


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Nick Saban headed off the questions from the media at his Monday press conference on Labor Day and got straight to the point about the starting QB for the home game against Arkansas State.

“I think everyone knows Tua is going to start this game. And we’ll use Jalen’s skill set. I’ve done this in the past. Use two QB’s. Now we know and you know.”

Saban said he loves all of the players, like children. 

“I think parents can understand this. Sometimes one child does something better than the other. Doesn’t mean you put one up on a pedestal.”

Saban also addressed the criticism he received over his response to ESPN reporter Maria Taylor, who asked about the starting QB situation during the on-field post-game interview after the Tide’s win 51-14 win against the Cardinals. 

“I pray every Sunday to not get angry,” Saban said. “I talked to Maria, I could’ve handled it better. The statement I made before about loving our players, if I get asked to vilify our players and make the other a prince…. I was upset about it, about the game. It was my responsibility and we apologize for it.” 

Saban also addressed if the redshirt rule would affect Hurts’ playing time.

“Not from my standpoint. I don’t know how you can pick and choose when to play players,” Saban said. “I don’t know how a player can pick or choose when he wants to play and have any respect from his teammates.” 

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