Saban to play both QBs in Alabama opener

Saban: “I think we have two guys that are weapons."

Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Friday that he will use both quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, on Saturday night against Louisville in the season opener for both teams.

Hurts has led Alabama to 26 wins in his 28 career starts spanning three seasons, but Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to a victory over Georgia in last seasons national championship game as a true freshman.

Both have received equal reps in preseason practices.

I think we have two guys that are weapons, and theyve both played well, so the plan is to play both guys in the game, Saban told ESPNs Chris Fowler in an interview. So the only issue is who plays first, and well decide that when the time comes.

Saban did not specify in the ESPN interview when and how much each quarterback will play.

I really dont want either one of the guys to go out there and play and look over their shoulder and worry about the next guy, Saban said. So itll be, really, youre gonna play this much and then the next guys gonna play and well kinda go from there.

The Crimson Tide players, at least publicly, wont say they prefer one quarterback over the other.

Neither one of them is polarizing, Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams said. So its not like the team would prefer to have one or the other. Both are respected by the team.

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