Alabama's freshman sensation QB Jalen Hurts seems to be getting better control of this offense as the season goes on.
The Crimson Tide defeated Tennessee 49-10 on Saturday afternoon thanks to the dominant effort of the Alabama ground game, mostly led by Hurts. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has constructed an offense tailor made for his quarterback and the weapons around him.
This game against Tennessee perfectly depicts the offensive style that Alabama wants to continue to play as the year goes on.
Let's take a look at how Hurts and Alabama was able to take advantage of the Volunteer defense.
Alabama made it a focal point to attack the perimeter in the first quarter to setup runs inside the tackles. The threat of a Hurts run will keep any defense on its toes. Hurts has to read the defensive end on the top of the screen. It's a basic read option. The end makes just one false step towards Hurts and that springs running back Damien Harris for a big gain. Any defensive end that Alabama plays with Hurts under center will need to play a near flawless game in order to maintain this offense. One false move and a play like this happens.
The defensive end on the bottom of the screen actually read this fine and was in pretty decent position to make a play or force him into another defender. The block from the tight end was perfect and allowed Hurts to take it to the house. The scary part of Jalen Hurts is that he can outrun angles and run around a defensive end contain. Alabama ran this play often and got success out of it.
Hurts picked up a 15-yard carry on one and Bo Scarbrough took an inside handoff for 85 yards because the linebackers were so focused on Hurts taking it.
This is play Alabama will run often and unless opposing defenses play it perfectly it will be tough to contain.