Dennis Dodd mentions an old friend today.
Here’s 25 things to watch this spring.
1. Tuscaloosa two-step: The most anticipated, intriguing, delicate quarterback battle in years kicks off March 21. That’s when the battle begins. Jalen Hurts seemingly lost the job at halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship, but Tua Tagovailoa has to follow through after the second-half comeback against Georgia. Will Hurts transfer? Will Tua flourish? Will both play? The only thing at stake is the continuation of Alabama’s dynasty.
2. Speaking of quarterback battles … Georgia might have an even more interesting situation. Jake Fromm led the Dawgs to the brink of a championship. But here comes the, another Georgia native son with better all-around tools. Think Deshaun Watson with a better arm. Either way, it doesn’t seem like Kirby Smart can lose.
Yawn. Sigh. Yeah, whatever. What’s interesting about his column, though, appears a few entries down.
9. Clemson is locked and loaded: A bit of Alabama Jr. here. There is a lot of speculation about Kelly Bryant’s job security now that No. 1 recruit Trevor Lawrence is in the fold. Bryant’s backup Hunter Johnson is also in the mix. To be clear, Bryant goes into spring as the starter.
“A bit of Alabama Jr.”? If we’re churning the narrative here, how is the situation at Clemson any different than the one at Georgia? (Other than a legitimate third option in Johnson, that is.) And why haven’t the pundits been pounding the Clemson QB battle the way they’ve been doing so about Georgia’s? If anything, it should be an easier case to make, as Fromm finished last season eighth nationally in passer rating, compared to Bryant’s sixtieth. Yet it’s Bryant who’s the clear starter in the spring, while Fromm is merely in an “interesting situation”.
It’s gonna be a long offseason.