Alabama Football: Jalen Hurts Says He Won't Transfer

The Alabama football program will once again be loaded at quarterback for the 2018 season. According to Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, quarterback Jalen Hurts assured him that he will not be transferring from Tuscaloosa even if he ultimately loses the job to Tua Tagovailoa, who replaced him in the second half of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to lead Alabama to victory.
Hurts and Tagovailoa have been in a quarterback competition all offseason.
At SEC Media Days last week, Saban said he wasn’t sure whether Hurts would remain on the roster for the 2018 season opener against Louisville, but he appeared on ESPN this week and gave a clear answer.
“Jalen actually came to me and said, ‘When you were asked the question am I going to be here for the Louisville game, I’m going to be here,’” Saban said, via 247 Sports. “‘I mean I’m going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I’m going to be here,’ aight.”
There is still no word on who will line up under center with the starting offense when the season kicks off next month, but Saban is excited to have both players on the roster regardless.
“We’re excited about the future of both players,” Saban added. “They’re great competitors and great people, so I know our team is going to have a tremendous amount of respect for both guys. … I only think it’s a problem if we make it a problem and if the players that are involved make it a problem by creating controversy on the team, bringing attention to themselves. But if all players contribute to the team and put the team first, I think the other guys on the team are going to respect that, and I think our guys are going to play for whoever’s in the game.
Alabama opens its 2018 campaign against Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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