Ever since then-freshman Tua Tagovailoa led Alabama to a national championship in the second half of the College Football Playoff title game, Crimson Tide fans - and fans of other schools - have been wondering whether Jalen Hurts will be transferring ahead of the 2018 season. Well, we now have our answer.
Hurts, who started every game for Alabama a year ago but was benched in the second half of the championship game, will reportedly be returning to Alabama this season. ESPN dropped the news on Tuesday.
ESPN's Sage Steele reports that Nick Saban told her that Hurts will be staying for the 2018 season. It looks like it has to do with more than just football too - he wants to get his degree from Alabama.
Saban, however, told ESPN's Sage Steele on Tuesday that Hurts told him he was staying at Alabama after the coach fielded a question about the quarterback's future during SEC media days.
"Jalen actually came to me and said ... 'I am going to be here. I am going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I'm going to be here,'" Saban said Hurts told him.
Hurts himself has not made such a declaration - but then again, he may not need to.
Hurts has been one of the most dynamic players in the country the past few years, but Tagovailoa showed in one half of football why he could actually be an upgrade. It's going to be one of the most fascinating quarterback competitions we've seen in quite some time.
Either way, Alabama is stacked yet again heading into the 2018 season. They're going to be the favorite in every game they play - regardless of which quarterback they start.