BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts and senior defensive back/returner Eddie Jackson were selected as Southeastern Conference Players of the Week, the league office announced on Monday morning. Hurts was tabbed as the league’s offensive player of the week, while Jackson was chosen as co-special teams player of the week for their performances in last Saturday’s 48-43 victory in Oxford over the Ole Miss Rebels.
Hurts, who started his second career game and first SEC contest, led the Crimson Tide with 304 yards of total offense, throwing for 158 and rushing for 146 yards on the ground. He finished 19-of-31 with an interception while completing five explosive passes for 17 yards or more, including a long of 45. Hurts also produced eight rushes of 10 yards or more, including seven rushes that went for first downs.
The freshman signal-caller became the first Alabama quarterback to rush (146) and pass (158) for more than 100 yards since Tyler Watts did so in 2001. His play helped lift the Crimson Tide past the Rebels despite facing the largest deficit in school history (21 points) midway through the second quarter of Saturday’s game.
Jackson was slotted into the returner role for the first time at Alabama and took the first punt of his career 85 yards for a late second-quarter touchdown that helped bring the Crimson Tide within seven heading into halftime. His return with 1:05 remaining was the second key piece in overcoming the Tide’s 21-point deficit, as his return followed a Calvin Ridley touchdown run and then a three-and-out by Ole Miss. Jackson finished his day returning two punts for 95 yards to average 47.5 yards per return. The senior defensive back also had two tackles, with half of a tackle for loss, before day’s end.