Mac Jones shines; Jalen Hurts struggles in A-Day game

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Jones threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns leading his team to a win. "Obviously, I'm sure if you talked to him he would say, 'There's things that I wish I could have done better and would improve on'".

Sophomore Najee Harris led the rushing attack with 41 yards on 14 carries, while sophomore Devonta Smith was tops for the Tide in receiving, catching five passes for a game-high 87 yards.

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"It was hard this spring with some of the players we had out that are really good leaders and guys that really impact other people, but that created an opportunity for other players to have to step up and do that, and I was pleased with the progress we made in those areas", Saban said after the A-Day game. Jalen Hurts threw for 195 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

One of the game's most explosive highlights came when Jones completed a pass to redshirt freshman Chadarius Townsend, who broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 65-yard score. ".two years. I mean the third team quarterback can move the team right down the field throwing the ball".

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"Coach Saban's job is to do what's best for his team. I was not disappointed in the way Jalen (Hurts) played", Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "The first defense is probably a lot better than the second defense". That starts with our first game against Louisville, but we will have great competition all year long in our league, so whoever we have to play against should be about the players and what they are looking to do because the individual's ability to do so will determine how strong our team will be.

On the other side, Hurts struggled. Despite moving the ball into opposing territory several times, the White team had to settle for four Joseph Bulovas field goals as its only points. Alabama rotated several offensive lineman during A-Day, still searching for a distinguished starting group.

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"I'm not necessarily satisfied where we are, and I don't think anyone on our team should be satisfied where we are", Saban said.

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