The hits just keep coming for the Alabama Crimson Tide team. Not even two days after Alabama was blown out in the national championship game by Clemson, former starting quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered the NCAA transfer portal and is expected to transfer from Alabama.
Hurts graduated in December, but still has one year of eligibility remaining as an athlete. Hurts is eligible to play immediately for whichever team he transfers to.
Now that Jalen is in the transfer portal, other universities can contact him. However, if Hurts were to change his mind then he could still stay in Alabama despite entering the transfer portal. Unfortunately for Crimson Tide fans, that’s not going to happen.
Despite getting beat out by Tua Tagovailoa this year, Hurts still appeared in almost every game. He was called into action during the 4th quarter of the SEC title game a few weeks ago after Tua was hurt.
Hurts led the team to victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. On the season, Hurts finished with 765 passing yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs, 167 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Those are respectable numbers for a backup QB.
Over his two years as the starter, Hurts tallied some impressive numbers as he finished with 4,861 passing yards, 40 TD passes, 10 INTs, 1,809 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns. Jalen also appeared in two national title games, going 1-1.
Jalen Hurts transferring from Alabama could go down as one of the most significant transfers in the history of college football. There will be numerous schools wanting to land Hurts as their starting QB. Currently, there are no teams linked with Hurts, but the following schools make sense as a potential landing spot for the talented quarterback:
Tennessee – Former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is now the head coach for the Volunteers. He knows all about Hurts and could use Jalen to ignite this program and fanbase.
Maryland – Head coach Mike Locksley was the offensive coordinator in Alabama this year, but left the Crimson Tide to become the Terps new head coach. He certainly knows what Hurts can bring to the table.
Auburn – What better way to stick it to your former school and the naysayers than by transferring to the rival school? Auburn has pieces on both sides of the ball but they could use a top-shelf QB to lead the team.
Penn State – The Nittany Lions are losing Trace McSorley and could use someone like Hurts to lead the program to Big Ten glory, while the younger QBs get more time to develop.
UCF – If Milton can’t return to lead the team, what better way for Hurts to march toward a Heisman Trophy and potential CFP birth than with a team that has lost only one game in two years? They would easily win their conference and Hurts could be just what the school needs to leap up into the CFP.
It could be argued that Hurts would be best served to leave the SEC and play for a school where he can maximize his potential and his NFL draft stock. With that criteria narrowing down the list of suitors, I expect Jalen to transfer to a school that has an explosive offensive scheme and enough reputation to earn a CFP spot if needed.
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