Jalen Hurts has dealt with questions about his future for the majority of the season, but the junior quarterback has handled every situation with class.
Nonetheless, he’ll have to put his best interests first once the national championship is over. With Tua Tagovailoa remaining at Alabama for at least one more season, it’s hard to envision Hurts receiving significant playing time.
Several programs would be lining up to add Hurts on their roster, as he’s proven in the past that he can lead an elite offense to great success. His ability to make plays on the run and limit turnovers are two crucial skills to have at quarterback.
During the SEC Championship, Hurts led Alabama past Georgia once Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury.
While the rematch between Alabama and Clemson is undoubtedly the focus right now, the Crimson Tide will have to prepare for a bittersweet goodbye with their backup gunslinger.
Although Hurts is grateful for every moment spent at Alabama, ESPN reporter Alex Scarborough believes the veteran quarterback will eventually finish his tenure with the Crimson Tide and find another home.
So, Jalen Hurts, now what? After Monday’s national championship against Clemson, what comes next?
He isn’t going to say, of course, but from speaking to sources close to the situation, the expectation is that Hurts will choose to turn the page on his career Alabama after the season ends and pick up the story elsewhere. The chatter that he’ll transfer might be the worst kept secret in college football where schools looking for an upgrade at quarterback are aplenty.
A fierce competitor, he wants to be a starter again, and that can’t happen with Tagovailoa in the picture. If Hurts wants a shot to play in the NFL — and he does — then he’ll be better served finding a new home and a new program in which to prove that he’s capable.
In limited action in 2018, Hurts finished with 765 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns.
Hurts has won SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year and won the national title last season. If he does decide to transfer for his final season of eligibility, he’ll have a plethora of options to choose from.