MIAMI, FL (WSFA) - For the undefeated Crimson Tide, we have been honed in on their offense all year long. Specifically, the quarterbacks.
Tua Tagovailoa broke school records this year, became a Heisman Trophy finalist and a household name. Jalen Hurts, who decided to stick around as QB2 after being 26-2 as the starter, became the ultimate hero in the Tide’s comeback victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship game earlier this month.
Alabama is typically known for their stout defense. This year is no different; they have play makers on both sides of the football, but it’s the quarterback room that is truly special and the man behind it.
Dan Enos is the man in charge of the signal callers. When I asked him what is truly impressive about the talented group of guys he gets to coach right now, he couldn't help but smile.
“Never satisfied," he said. "There is never an, ‘oh coach we played pretty good.’ There’s never any complacency in anything that we do. It’s awesome winning all these games and on Sunday and Monday they still come in and want to work and get better.”
We have seen Jalen Hurts evolve as a passer under the watchful eye of former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“It’s really a credit to him but we started with his grip and changed his grip a little bit,” Enos said. "We videotaped him in the Spring, his drop and his throwing mechanics.”
Coach Enos reiterated Hurts is the one who has really done all of the work, and the numbers truly show. So far this year he is 50-of-67 for 755 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His 74.6 percent completion percentage is over 14 points higher than he finished last season.
For Tua Tagovailoa, his numbers are historic. For every quarterback coach they will tell you, you have no idea what you're truly getting until you physically coach them. Yes, Tua's film is eye-catching, but it's the details when Enos began coaching him that make the difference.
“His feet really impressed me. The explosiveness in his lower body. He continues to every day really just amaze me his balance and ability to get in the throwing position,” said Enos.
A lot of people put work into these players, but these quarterbacks have certainly evolved since Enos got to the capstone.