Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts said that he asked for advice from his rival, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, on how to take his game to another level.
He told reporters that when they lost to the Tigers in the national championship title game last season, he immediately reached out to Watson to try to pick his mind. After congratulating him for the win, he asked how the quarterback bounced back.
This year, Alabama sits second in the SEC West at 24-2 and Hurts was unfairly described as the weakest link in the Crimson Tide’s football program.
Alabama and Clemson will see each other again on Monday where they face each other in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Hurts won’t see Watson, however, who is now the quarterback for the Houston Texans.
Hurts said that Watson has accomplished what he’s still trying to do in his sophomore year.
“We had a really good conversation and he had some really good advice for me and told me how he overcame it,” he said. “I took what he told me and tried to apply it.”
One of the advices that really stuck with Hurts was to be fearless out there in the field. The quarterback said that Watson saw something in him, which is why he was only too happy to provide guidance.
“He recognized the dog mentality in me, the ‘it’ factor in me,” Hurts added. “That’s how we compare and, I think, the reason we connected.”
For this season, the Crimson Tide are rolling due to the leadership of Hurts. He said their expectations of themselves are very high, and they wanted to finish on the top. It’s why the loss to Auburn in the season finale really stung. But they will play again the reigning national champions and the quarterback will have another chance to avenge last year’s loss and vindicate himself.