No. 3 Alabama football hosts the No. 11 Texas Longhorns in Week 2 for a rematch of a classic in 2022. Bryce Young gave Alabama the advantage at quarterback last year. This time, that advantage may lie with Quinn Ewers for the Texas football program. Tim Tebow, a former 2x National Champion with the Florida Gators, believes Alabama's path to success hinges on Jalen Milroe's playmaking with his legs.
Last year's performance against Alabama looked like Quinn Ewers' arrival party. He made some unbelievable throws in the first half before leaving with an injury. Alabama likely doesn't win that game if Ewers stays in. Since then, however, Ewers hasn't really fulfilled his elite potential. Still, he looks like the better quarterback Saturday based solely on his immense arm talent.
That means Jalen Milroe has work to do and ground to make up against the Longhorns. That's where Tim Tebow believes Milroe can shine: by being the best athlete on the field. At 6-3, 220 lbs with 4.4 speed, Milroe is incredibly dangerous if he escapes the pocket.
“I really think that might be one of the X-factors, is Jalen’s ability on some of those broken plays to be the best athlete,” Tebow said on the Paul Finebaum show. Tebow knows a thing or two about being the best athlete on an SEC football field.
“Every now and then you can go from being quarterback to, ‘OK Jalen, let it rip. Show everybody you’re a legit 4.4, you’re 220 pounds and you can run over most linebackers.'”
Milroe has big shoes to fill after the departure of a Heisman winner in Bryce Young. Young single-handedly willed Alabama football to a win in this matchup a year ago. Texas is a very talented team, but Milroe's playmaking ability could give the Crimson Tide the edge.
This is also a rematch of the 2010 BCS National Championship game, which Alabama won 37-21 at the Rose Bowl. That was the last time the Longhorns appeared on college football's biggest stage. It was also the first of Nick Saban's six championships with the Crimson Tide.