A prominent college quarterback will be on the move and the question becomes whether Florida State, UCF or Miami will be interested? Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is apparently available for an NCAA transfer and could play immediately for a new school in 2019.
Jalen Hurts has followed one coach on Twitter since news broke that he’s in the NCAA portal … Miami’s Manny Diaz. The Hurricanes are obviously very interested. https://t.co/UeeTuC5wQs pic.twitter.com/uWbRbFGax6
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) January 10, 2019
Hurts, who was the full-time starter for Alabama in 2016 and in 2017 was replaced in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship game by true freshman Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa led the Tide to an overtime win and the title. And, he was eventually named the starter for the 2018 regular season.
Hurts was disgruntled and contemplated transferring before the 2018 regular season began, but he also realized it would not help him for playing anywhere else for 2018. Instead he waited for his time, playing as a backup to Tua, as Alabama progressed to the SEC Championship Game.
That’s when Tagovailoa was injured, Hurts replaced him (above) and played brilliantly in the second-half comeback win over the Bulldogs. That included Hurts throwing for the tying touchdown and running in the winning score, as Bama rallied for the SEC Championship.
However with a month off, Tua was healthy for the Orange Bowl and was back as the starter, as Alabama ripped Oklahoma and advanced again to the CFP Championship Game for the fourth consecutive year.
As you’re probably aware from this week, Clemson destroyed Alabama and Tua’s Championship hopes in a 40 – 16 rout on Monday night in California. The Tiger’s defense blitzed and batter Tagovailoa into interceptions and mistakes along the way shutting out the Tide in the entire second half.
Hurts only saw the field again, in “mop up duty” after that SEC Championship game, but now wants to see it as a starter, with a new school. He has graduated from Alabama and would eligible immediately.
And that brings us to two programs that could be very interested in his services. The first one is Florida State, who as we wrote on Monday, has starter Deondre Francois returning for another season. This is despite the fact that Francois had graduated and could have transferred or even turn pro to go to the NFL.
A negative for FSU is coach Willie Taggart nor new offensive coordinator Kendal briles have no specific connection to Hurts, but obviously the lure of playing at FSU and trying to help them return to credibility could be big.
The other logical school in the state that might be interested in Hurts is UCF. While quarterback Darriel Mack filled in admirably for the injrued McKenzie Milton at quarterback at the end of the regular season, in the American Conference Championship game and during the Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU, Mack is clearly not a polished passer. And, Hurts is much more proven and would be in position to help the Knights more quickly and effectively next September.
And there are the Miami Hurricanes, who have a new coach in Manny Diaz, and have yet to hire their offensive coordinator. Still, even with part time starter N’Kosi Perry coming back this fall, the Canes would have to be interested in Hurts. And as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald pointed out here:
Transferring Alabama QB Jalen Hurts now also following Brevin Jordan on Twitter. So his last two follows: UM's TE and UM's coach. Wheeeee!
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 10, 2019
So, in South Florida they are hopefully that Hurts maybe comes to them.
Obviously, Hurts could also try to transfer to an SEC School, because they have now relaxed the transfer rules on players having to sit out a year, if you do so within that conference.
And there will be a market for the Alabama QB transfer to play somewhere in 2019. The only question for us, for now, is whether FSU or UCF can get themselves in the mix, if interested?
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