LOS ANGELES — If it were up to former Alabama football offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, Jalen Milroe wouldn’t be playing quarterback for the Crimson Tide, according to Milroe.
Milroe was asked during the Rose Bowl press briefing Thursday if anyone had wanted him to play a different position in his career and if he had said no to anyone.
“My whole life, even when I was in college,” Milroe told reporters. “My own offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, told me I shouldn’t play quarterback. There are a lot of things I can be motivated to do, and this is something that motivates me .”
O’Brien served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons before leaving to coach the New England Patriots’ offense in 2023. Milroe had been a reserve behind Bryce Young the past two seasons before become a starter this season.
Milroe was asked his reaction to being told he shouldn’t play quarterback.
“How would you feel if I told you that you sucked?” » said Milroe.
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Milroe started every game for Alabama this season except for a September win over South Florida, and was named the starter in the next game against Mississippi. This season, Milroe completed 171 of 261 passes for 2,718 yards, 23 touchdowns, six interceptions and also rushed for 12 touchdowns.
His progression and growth as a quarterback has led Alabama back to the College Football Playoff where the Crimson Tide will face Michigan in the Rose Bowl on Monday.
“He told me several positions I could have moved to, but look where I am right now, you know what I’m saying?” » said Milroe. ” Who will have the last word ? »
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