Alabama QB Hurts' dad implies son will transfer if he loses QB battle

Averion Hurts, father of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, implied that his son would seek a transfer if he loses the Crimson Tide's quarterback battle to National Championship Game hero Tua Tagovailoa.

"Well, he'd be the biggest free agent in college football history," the elder Hurts said when asked by Bleacher Report what would happen if his son doesn't win the job.

Hurts expects the battle to play out with the best man winning, but he made it clear his son won't be satisfied as a backup quarterback or consider making a position change.

"Coach Saban's job is to do what's best for his team," he said. "I have no problem with that. My job is to do what's best for Jalen -- and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. But he wants to play, and he will play..."

Jalen Hurts, who has held the starting job since his second game as a true freshman at Alabama in 2016, still has two years of eligibility remaining if he were to choose to transfer.

The battle between the two signal-callers was supposed to get underway this spring, but the left-handed Tagovailoa suffered an injury to his throwing hand on the first day of practice and later suffered "a setback" that will keep him out until at least summer workouts. That presumably leaves Hurts as the de facto starter for the foreseeable future.

Hurts has thrown for 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushed for 1,809 yards (5.2 average) and 21 scores across 28 starts through two seasons with the Tide, leading them to the national title game in both years. He earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman in 2016.

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. Tagovailoa responded by throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime.

--Field Level Media

04/19/2018 15:45

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