Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't in a rush to figure out who his starting quarterback will be in 2018. He said both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa welcome the competition as the defending national champion Crimson Tide prepare to start spring practice in two weeks.

"The most important thing is to play the best guy, and if both guys can play winning football, it's not out of the question that we'll find a role for both guys in fairness to both guys," Saban told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't know that there's any more to it than that."

Tagovailoa came off the bench as a true freshman last season to help Alabama erase a 13-0 halftime deficit and defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the Crimson Tide's fifth national championship in the past nine years. Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes in the second half and overtime, including the game-winning 42-yard strike to DeVonta Smith on the final play of the game.

Hurts, who is 26-2 as Alabama's starter in his first two seasons, struggled at times to throw the football consistently last season. He was just 3-of-8 for 21 yards in the first half against Georgia before giving way to Tagovailoa.