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SECMD17: Competition, not controversy, for Alabama this summer

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) –

The Alabama Crimson Tide kicked things off Wednesday morning on day three of SEC Media Days. Head Coach Nick Saban along with defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, center Bradley Bozeman, and wide receiver Calvin Ridley took the stage at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

It was a pretty quiet day overall, but two words "quarterback controversy" sent Saban into a frenzy. "I never said that. I don’t know who’s saying that so it’s like me saying somebody said there’s a hurricane outside today. Is that right or wrong? I just said it so does that mean I created something? That makes everyone panic and creates news and gets people excited and afraid. Look, we have a lot of competition in a lot of positions and we are going to play the best players," Tide head coach Nick Saban said.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts returns after finishing last season 13-1 as the Tide’s starting quarterback. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said Hurts has been working on his deep ball this summer. "He’s been working with it a lot, he really told me he wants to work on his craft and learn because he really wants a championship," Fitzpatrick said.

Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also competing for the starting quarterback job. Tagovailoa threw for more than 300 yards in the spring game and appeared polished beyond his years.

On defense, Alabama has to replace six defensive starters they lost to the NFL. "I think this is going to be one of the youngest teams we’ve had since 2012, especially on defense. It’s going to be a challenge to replace the guys we lost on defense," Saban added.

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