Quarterback Jalen Hurts’ decision to leave Alabama and transfer to Oklahoma certainly raised a lot of eyebrows. Hurts’ now-former coach appears to have nothing but respect for his choice.
In a recent interview with CBS 42 in Alabama, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban expressed his belief that a graduate transfer to Oklahoma was the best thing for Hurts, and wishes him luck as a member of the Sooners.
“I think this was the best thing for Jalen,” Saban said in the interview. “We have a great relationship, and I think he had several options as to what was the best path for him and for him to go someplace and be able to play on a good team, I think, is probably the best thing for him and his future.
Saban went on to thank Hurts for his contributions to the team.
Video of the interview:
BREAKING: I spoke exclusively with #Alabama's Nick Saban tonight in Montgomery at the ALFCA Convention. I asked Saban about the event, staff changes including Dan Enos and Tosh Lupoi departure, Jalen Hurts, and having the top recruiting class after early period. #RollTide @CBS_42 pic.twitter.com/eqiewaX0ep
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) January 25, 2019
After being the starter in 2016 and 2017, Jalen Hurts lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa in 2018.
In December, days ahead of his graduation, Hurts came in for an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia and led Alabama on two touchdown drives en route to a comeback win.
Alabama would go on to lose the national title game to Clemson, with Hurts taking a few snaps late in the game when it was out of reach.
Following the disappointing season, Hurts decided to depart Alabama and join Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.