Two time national champion quarterback Jalen Hurts turned up in the college football transfer database on Wednesday. The move make sense for the supplanted Alabama starter who has seen Tua Tagovailoa overtake him and take the offence to new heights. Nonetheless, Hurts is still a very talented quarterback who can produce at the highest level of the college game as shown by his national championship win.
Hurts will be a graduate transfer for the 2019 season. This means Hurts will not have to sit for a year before being eligible to play. All together this conjures up some fun possibilities. I must stress that the five teams below are not necessarily the best fits for Hurts, but they would be fun.
5) University of Miami Hurricanes
Hurts to ‘the U’? Deep down it makes sense. Miami have a horrid situation at quarterback for such a historic program and need someone like Hurts to inject some life back in to a program that is undergoing somewhat of a reset after the shock departure of head coach Mark Richt. Hurts ability to run the ball would fit in the kind of ball control offense that suits coach Manny Diaz’s defensive background. Hurts picking Miami would vaunt them back into the national spotlight and give Hurts old foes Clemson in his conference.
4) University of Tennessee Volunteers
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is a former Alabama assistant who knows Hurts and his skillset well. They also have a strong offensive co-ordinator in Jim Chaney who will get the best out of Hurts. Hurts would also have the opportunity to restore some pride to a program that has struggled to reach its former heights. Something that would extend his legacy.
3) UCLA Bruins
Chip Kelly with a mobile quarterback capable of making impressive throws and covering for a suspect o-line is a recipe for interesting. It would be a move out of the ordinary for Hurts to move out west given his Texas roots but it would certainly able him to blaze a trail next season. Kelly could use his ability to move within his scheme whilst using the year to further develop the signal callers waiting in the wings to take over in 2020 and simultaneously winning enough games to win over a famously fickle LA market.
2) University of Florida Gators
Florida have a lot of talent and are coming off a very good season. They are probably a top quarterback away from seriously challenging Georgia in the SEC East. Assistant Brian Johnson tried to recruit Hurts when he was at Mississippi State. In addition Head Coach Dan Mullen is someone quarterbacks should be queueing up to work with. This move would keep Hurts in the SEC and set up some juicy match ups next season.
1) Auburn Tigers
The ultimate WWE-esque heel turn. Hurts transferring from Alabama to their oldest and fiercest rival would make headlines all over the country and add a huge hype to next years Iron Bowl. Some would say Hurts would ruin his Alabama legacy with a move like this but in my opinion to gives him the opportunity to reaffirm his position as a top college quarterback. Imagine if he leads Auburn to an SEC championship next season. Ruining the Tua vs Fromm, Bama vs Georgia title game that half the media has already pencilled in for next season. That is a story befitting the brilliant chaos college football is famous for.
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