It’s no secret that Tua Tagovailoa remains the face of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football program after stepping in and winning the 2018 National Championship. Surging to the forefront of the conversation, many pondered the future of the former starter, Jalen Hurts. Despite leading the team to another SEC Championship over the Georgia Bulldogs this year, the rumors surrounding an upcoming decision loom large over the quarterback.
Expected to transfer in order to further his football career, Hurts’ Heisman odds remain high. However, the stock of the quarterback in the race will skyrocket assuming the decision to transfer is made official. Retaining a single year of eligibility, the Oklahoma Sooners surfaced on Tuesday as a potential final stop for the proven signal caller.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, the situation sets up well for Hurts to come in and take the starting job. Of course, there are plenty of moving pieces in the equation. First off, Hurts is eligible to declare for the draft at this point in time. Secondly, Austin Kendall has plenty of reps under Lincoln Riley. As the presumed favorite to win the starting position at Oklahoma, it’s not impossible to unseat the man but it is a tall task in and of itself.
Realistically, Hurts to the Sooners remains a long shot. Assuming the former SEC Freshman of the Year decides to play another year of college football while utilizing the graduate transfer rule, he’d provide a buffer until Spencer Rattler was ready to take the reigns.
Regardless of where the quarterback ends up, he’ll be a favorite to win plenty of awards next season…that is if there is a next cfb season for Hurts!