"Well, I still like both guys", Saban said. "I still think both guys are good players, I think both guys can help our team". Hurts was 5-for-9 with 70 yards through the air. However, Saban apparently issued an apology to Taylor, which felt necessary. He then quickly turned up the cranky factor to 11. "Alright, so why do you continually get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them?" "I'm not going to, so quit asking". In fact, one could argue that it's not fair for Alabama to have Tagovailoa at QB.
Saban has been around long enough to know how this works.
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Having to cover three games in four days, along with a College Gameday show, Taylor had little time to dwell on Saban's interview. Absolutely, but this is just how Saban is. Taylor handled it like a seasoned pro though, and moved on to the next question.
Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches a play during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. It's Tua Tagovailoa, which isn't a surprise seeing as he started Alabama's win against Louisville in Week 1, but it was still the first start of his collegiate career.