Alabama coach Saban says quarterback battle with Tagovailoa still undecided

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered up a preemptive “no comment” to all questions about the team’s quarterback dilemma at the SEC Media Days in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Actually, make that “still to be determined.”

The defending national champion heads into fall practice trying to determine who will be its No. 1 QB. It will come down to two-year starter Jalen Hurts or the sophomore-to-be who replaced him in last season’s title game, Tua Tagovailoa.

Saban griped about the quarterback controversy that the media “loves to create, has already created and will continue to create.”  The coach only would say “it’s still to be determined who will play quarterback for Alabama.”

Tagovailoa served as Hurts’ backup through the 2017 season. Then, after the starter struggled in the first half of the national championship game against Georgia, Saban made the switch.

It was one of the best decisions of Saban’s brilliant career.

Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 pass for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning 41-yard strike to Devonta Smith in overtime to earn the game’s offensive MVP award.

Saban offered up no hints about which way he might be leaning. He would only say “we’ll have to see who wins the team in fall camp.” He added, “When you ask me a question about that, I’m going to say, ‘We’ll see.’ So don’t get mad at me.”

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