The “Jalen Hurts is going to transfer” rumors didn’t take very long to start up tonight. It took, oh, one drive from Alabama’s offense, led by sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Nick Saban said earlier today that he would be playing both of his quarterbacks against Louisville tonight. Tagovailoa, though, is the quarterback who got the start. And he looked good.
Tagovailoa led Alabama on a touchdown drive featuring a couple of beautiful passes against the Cardinal’s defense.
Hurts will likely see some playing time later in the game. It’s possible, knowing Nick Saban, that he’ll continue to play both quarterbacks for the majority of the season.
But the writing seems to be on the wall for Hurts, at least for 2019. He can graduate this year and then play somewhere else right away next season.
That talk has heated up tonight, unsurprisingly.
“Jalen Hurts will be playing for _____ next season?” tweeted Ralph D. Russo.
Jalen Hurts will be playing for _____ next season? https://t.co/UGAdcfKC27
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 2, 2018
It’s a fair question.
There was talk of a Hurts transfer all offseason. Now that Tua has been named the starting quarterback (for this game, at least) that transfer talk for next season is only going to increase.
For what it’s worth, Nick Saban has said all along that he’s really high on both players. Perhaps the competition isn’t over.
“I think we have two guys that are weapons and they’ve both played well, so the plan is to play both guys in the game,” Saban told ESPN’s Chris Fowler before tonight’s game. “So the only issue is who plays first, and we’ll decide that when the time comes.”
Alabama has decided that Tua Tagovailoa is going to play first. We’ll see if that continues to be true moving forward.