Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jalen Hurts' Dad Speaks Out On QB Battle

Jalen Hurts' Dad Speaks Out On QB Battle

Nick Saban on Thursday responded to a report that suggested Jalen Hurts could transfer away from Alabama. But it's going to be handled in a very private matter.

"Jalen has done a great job", Saban said.

Obviously, Saban wants to keep Hurts around as long as possible, even if he doesn't win the starting jon.

Hurts has gotten a head start of sorts in the competition because of an injury Tagovailoa suffered to his left (throwing) hand.

Saban keeps players from talking to the media, and he had a commitment from East Carolina grad transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew before he flipped to Washington State.

An unnamed SEC coach said in the same BR article, "Don't kid yourself - every single one of us would love to be in Nick's situation.But that's a tough spot".

Saban replaced Hurts with Tagovailoa at halftime of the 2018 title game against Georgia in January, saying afterward he opted for the team's best passing quarterback while trying to rally from a 13-0 deficit.

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"I think we all want the same thing for all of our players". The Hawaii native and five-star recruit jump started the Tide offense, led a comeback, and threw an incredible game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Averion Hurts also said that if his son doesn't win the job, he would be "the biggest free agent in college football history".

That is, what he thought about the comments made by Jalen Hurts' father in a story that was published on Thursday.

Playing at Duke would still allow Hurts to get the exposure of playing major Division I football in a power conference like the ACC. "My job is to do what's best for Jalen-and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback".

Neither player has redshirted, meaning each would be able to sit out the NCAA's mandatory year-in-residence for undergraduate transfers without losing eligibility.

A lot of schools would be glad to have Hurts if he leaves Alabama. That's a bit of hyperbole, though Hurts would certainly be much sought after if he did decide on a transfer.

And until Saban makes his choice, this topic will dominate the college football conversation.

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