Defending national champion Alabama believes it has the best quarterback room in the country. Returning junior Jalen Hurts is 26-2 as a starter. Sophomore Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench in the College Football Playoff championship game to rally the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind win over the Georgia Bulldogs (and put on quite a show in the process).
But that doesn’t impress PSU backup QB Tommy Stevens, who quoted the tweet from the Alabama official team account and wrote a simple “lol.”
— Tommy Stevens (@TMS_II) July 10, 2018
Penn State had the better passing numbers in 2017, ranking No. 23 nationally at 290.2 yards per game, compared to Alabama’s 193.4 yards per game (No. 91). The two teams, however, ask different things of their quarterbacks.
Last season, PSU’s Trace McSorley averaged 32.8 passes per game and 274.6 yards. He ran the ball roughly 11 times per game for 37.77 yards. Hurts, Alabama’s starter, threw only 18.1 passes per game (for 148.6 yards), but averaged more rushing yards per game (61) on the same number of attempts (11).
If the two teams get a chance to settle the debate on the field in a bowl game this winter, it probably means the Nittany Lions have had a very successful season.