Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts might be looking for a new home.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Hurts has entered the NCAA transfer portal, allowing him to speak with other schools and coaches. The report comes just a few days after Alabama’s season concluded in a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the national championship.
Hurts had a limited role for the Crimson Tide this season, playing backup to Tua Tagovailoa.
From a source: Jalen Hurts' name is now in the transfer portal.
— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019
Hurts appeared in 13 of 15 games this season, mostly in a backup role. He did orchestrate an impressive come-from-behind win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game after Tagovailoa suffered an injury and was unable to return to the field.
Down by two touchdowns, Hurts completed 7-of-9 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown and added 28 yards and a score on the ground. Alabama posted a 35-28 win over the Bulldogs to claim another SEC title.
With the new redshirt rule — players can participate in four games without losing a year of eligibility — Hurts was expected to only play in the allotted number of games and transfer. The former starter toughed it out, though, and was a member of the team through the entire season.
In 13 games, Hurts threw for 765 yards and eight touchdowns while completed over 72 percent of his passes. He also rushed for two scores.
Hurts was Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2016 and 2017 but lost the job this season after Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory over Georgia in the national championship a year ago. Tagovailoa played in just the second half and threw a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.
Speculation is already forming that Maryland could be a potential landing spot for Hurts now that Mike Locksley is in charge. Locksley has been on Alabama’s staff since 2016, which was Hurts’ freshman season.
In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Hurts threw for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Hurts was 28-2 as a starter at Alabama.