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Eli Gold previews Alabama's home opener with Fresno State

12 September 2017

Of note: After the Bulldogs lost 41-10 at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, the Huskies routed FCS school Montana 63-7 in their home opener.

"I think everybody needs to know that we're not interested in sliding backward", Tide coach Nick Saban said. ".He was very efficient throwing the ball. He'd tell you there were things he could do better". "Hopefully, we'll gain a bit more rhythm in some other areas".

2016 SEC offensive player of the year, Jalen Hurts got the start behind center for Bama, while Tagovailoa saw limited snaps during the game. According to, only two of Hurts' 18 pass attempts were thrown 20 or more yards, with seven attempts caught behind the line of scrimmage and another seven didn't cover the standard distance needed to pick up a first down. He hit receivers in tight coverage and made defenders pay with his legs. On the following play, Hurts found a wide-open junior tight end Hale Hentges down the seam for a 23-yard touchdown pass, putting the Tide up 14-0 with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter.

"They're very big, very physical, very fast", Tedford said. "Every offense in college football, that's their goal".

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Hurts passed the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in his career against the Bulldogs.

- Da'Mari Scott matched his career-high with 171 all-purpose yards as he also had 171 all-purpose yards against Utah in 2015.

Alabama CB Anthony Averett vs. Fresno State WR KeeSean Johnson - Much like Ridley at Alabama, Johnson is the Bulldogs' No. 1 target, made evident again after Johnson pulled in a team-high seven receptions for 120 yards (an average of 17 yards per reception) in last Saturday's 66-0 drubbing of Incarnate Word.

Alabama's second touchdown marked personal landmark for one Alabama player.

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Hurts completed 14 of 18 passes for 128 yards, but his biggest play came in the opening minute. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first four series he was at quarterback. "But at the same time, we've got to not ask players to do things they're not ready to do". "The fact that someone puts the trust and faith in you to get that job done is a great feeling".

Fresno State (1-1) did make some plays against Alabama's defense, including Jimmy Camacho's 27-yard field goal with 4:03 left in the first quarter.

Hurts showed off what he had in store from the opening drive.

Saban said Tagovailoa had a solid game, but still has room to improve.

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"He obviously will learn from it, took a sack when he shouldn't take a sack", Saban said. Look for Scarbrough and fellow junior Damien Harris to get plenty of opportunities early in the game. Marvin Kinsey Jr. added a rushing touchdown of his own in the win. Hurts said he wanted to support Tagovailoa getting his first game experience.

Eli Gold previews Alabama's home opener with Fresno State