Jalen Hurts is exploring the possibility of a transfer from Alabama
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal and can be contacted by other teams and coaches in regards to a transfer for next season. Hurts has one season of eligibility remaining and is expected to be pursued by several teams looking for a quarterback for 2019.
Hurts accounted for 1,976 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns and threw for 5,626 yards and 48 scores during his career with the Crimson Tide. The Houston native made progress as a passer while at Alabama and played a key role in leading the team to national championship appearances during his time in Tuscaloosa. After working as the starter from 2016-17, Hurts lost the starting job to Tua Tagovailoa in the national title game against Georgia and worked as the backup in '18.
Where could Hurts land as a transfer? Here are 15 teams to watch (in alphabetical order):
15 Potential Transfer Destinations for Jalen Hurts
The Sun Devils landed three talented prospects on the recruiting trail but replacing Manny Wilkins won’t be easy.
This is a longshot possibility. However, with Auburn losing Jarrett Stidham and returning an inexperienced depth chart at quarterback, this would make a lot of sense for both sides. And with the pressure building on coach Gus Malzahn, landing an impact transfer like Hurts would help the Tigers battle Texas A&M and LSU for the No. 2 spot behind Alabama in the SEC West.
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The Seminoles return James Blackman, landed Jordan Travis as a transfer from Louisville, and Deondre Francois could return to the team for 2019. However, Hurts would be a good fit for the offense under Willie Taggart and new coordinator Kendal Briles.
New coach Geoff Collins will transition Georgia Tech’s offense away from the option attack, and there’s a need for a quarterback who can execute the new scheme under coordinator Dave Patenaude.
Hurts is from Houston, and new coach Dana Holgorsen is known for his background on offense. The Cougars do have an established quarterback in D’Eriq King, but he suffered a knee injury at the end of the regular season.
New coach Scott Satterfield is one of the offseason’s top hires, but the Cardinals need to find an answer at quarterback. Jawon Pass tossed 12 interceptions and completed just 54 percent of his passes. Malik Cunningham is also back for 2019, but Jordan Travis transferred to Florida State.
Former Alabama play-caller Mike Locksley was hired as the program’s new coach after the 2018 season. The Terrapins are slated to return Kasim Hill (recovering from injury) and Tyrrell Pigrome, but Hurts would immediately be the best option, especially with his familiarity with Locksley and his scheme.
It’s no secret the Hurricanes could pursue a graduate transfer to add competition at quarterback. N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams are back next fall, but Hurts would have a clear path to a starting job.
This is a longshot, but the Sooners lost Kyler Murray and will have three inexperienced quarterbacks vying for the starting job. Considering Lincoln Riley’s track record and ability to develop quarterbacks, this will be a spot to watch.
Hurts is from Texas, so this would be a natural fit in his home state. The Horned Frogs also have a need at quarterback after Shawn Robinson transferred to Missouri, and there’s uncertainty surrounding the health of Justin Rogers following an injury in high school.
Tennessee returns Jarrett Guarantano for 2019, but coach Jeremy Pruitt worked at Alabama when Hurts was the starter.
McKenzie Milton is on the mend from a serious knee injury suffered against USF, but backup Darriel Mack showed promise in limited action. UCF should have a high-powered offense once again next fall and landing Hurts would allow Milton more time to recover.
The Bruins lose Wilton Speight but return Dorian Thompson-Robinson for 2019. Coach Chip Kelly is one of the top minds on offense in college football, but the Bruins have issues along the offensive line and lost tight end Caleb Wilson to the NFL.
New coach Neal Brown inherits an offense losing star quarterback Will Grier and No. 1 receiver David Sills. Miami transfer Jack Allison started the bowl game, but the Mountaineers will have an open battle in spring practice.