At the beginning of the season, Alabama lost to Texas and decided that they were better off without Jalen Milroe on the field. After struggling with USF the next week, Bama offensive coordinator Tommy Rees rebuilt the offense around Milroe’s strengths and now the Crimson Tide can’t live without him.
Milroe has legitimately turned into one of the best weapons in the entire country because all Rees asks him to do is what he does well. It’s also helpful that what he does well are the two most valuable things a quarterback can do.
Those things are running the ball and throwing deep. Milroe has run for 332 yards and 12 touchdowns, but when you remove sack yardage, he’s at 564 yards gained. He is second in the SEC to Jayden Daniels in rushing expected points added (EPA) among quarterbacks.
Milroe’s real value shows up as a deep passer. He is second in the country in average depth of target at 14.1 yards and is averaging 10.7 yards per attempt despite only completing 60% of his passes. On passes that travel over 20 yards in the air, Milroe is averaging 20.2 yards per attempt and has 13 touchdowns to one interception. Of his 2,267 passing yards, 1,069 have come on throws of over 20 yards in the air, and those passes make up 25% of his attempts.