Alabama's backup quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has made it clear this week that any talk of him transferring out of the Crimson Tide's program is premature.
The dual-threat quarterback has one season of eligibility remaining and most expect him to play that season elsewhere. Hurts, though, pointed out to reporters this week that he's yet to discuss a potential transfer. All of the transfer talk has come from the media.
Transfer talk isn't going away, of course.
Hurts is starting quarterback-caliber player and, probably, would want to start in his final season in 2019.
Where might Hurts end up if he does transfer?
Two major programs have been named potential options.
Sirius XM College Sports radio host Jason Horowitz and Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples discussed two major programs as potential options earlier this month.
“He will wind up on a team with a good roster,” Staples said. “He’ll have a good supporting cast. Put Jalen Hurts in the right offense and he can put up some really good numbers. I say Oklahoma, because look, Austin Kendall was the backup and he’ll be the presumed favorite to win the starting job next year.
But if the guy was the SEC freshman player of the year couple years ago was interested in coming, that would be an interesting spot because Lincoln Riley has been really good with quarterbacks. (And) if Justin Herbert leaves Oregon, I would imagine Mario Cristobal, who was involved in Jalen Hurts’ recruitment .... (sic).”
For now, though, Hurts and Alabama are set to take on Oklahoma.
The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.
The game will be on ESPN.