Alabama's quarterback situation has been opined on to an exhausting extent since January with no clear progress made on either side. It'll be Jalen Hurts vs. Tua Tagovailoa in a few weeks during fall camp with the more consistent player earning the majority of the reps heading into game week prior to battling Louisville on Sept. 1.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in June his decision "won't be difficult at all" and both players need to know they have to "win the team" during practice. Even former Alabama quarterback and current SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy, who is as closely tied into the program as anyone, isn't sure what to expect in next month's competition.

"I don’t think there’s anything really to update at this point, but all we know is Tua is going to get his chance in fall camp to lead the starting offense,” McElroy said during Tuesday's appearance on Finebaum. “Jalen had that opportunity in the spring and didn’t really distance himself and didn't really do a ton I think on A-Day to leave no doubt as far as the competition is concerned.

"Tua not being at 100 percent, we just aren’t sure what he’s going to be able to do. Will he manage the offense? The things Jalen struggled with last year, some of the downfield consistency and cutting it loose when he has guys open, are those things a thing of past? I think both guys are going to have a chance in the fall to put their best foot forward."

Hurts, who is 26-2 as Alabama's starting quarterback, had an opportunity to leave a lasting impression on Alabama's offensive staff in the spring game with Tagovailoa sidelined, but it didn't happen. He left the door open with a subpar scrimmage performance, failing to lead the first-team offense on a touchdown drive.

Hurts threw for 195 yards and an interception on 19-of-37 passing. He also rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries, trying to escape the onslaught of pressure off the edge.

Most of Hurts' rushing attempts weren't by design and came as a result of the pocket breaking down or the junior-to-be refusing to launch. After that scrimmage, Saban said he wasn't disappointed in Hurts' outing.

“I think that both players, aight, need to know that they need to win the team, that’s what they need to do,” Saban said this summer. “And the best way for them to do that is stay focused on what they need to do, and I think anything that they do that brings attention to themselves probably erodes the opportunity for that to happen.

“So, I’d appreciate your help in just allowing that to happen, because it’s not going to happen any faster. You can’t make it happen faster. It’s going to be a process that we go through, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”