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Jalen Hurts Addressed Transfer "Rumors" Ahead Of The Orange Bowl

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts lost his starting job last January during the national title game, and since, college football fans have wondered whether he'll eventually transfer from the school to get a shot at more playing time. Thus far, though, he hasn't indicated what he'll do either way.

There have been plenty of rumors regarding where Hurts could transfer after this season - considering he'll have graduated by the end of the year. Thursday, he addressed those rumors head on.

In short, Hurts says that while everyone has "assumptions" about the idea that he'll transfer, he's said nothing about it.

Of course, that isn't him denying that he'll look to leave Alabama. But it also doesn't sound like he's made up his mind just yet.

Hurts, in the SEC title game, relieved an injured Tua Tagovailoa and led Alabama to a comeback win over Georgia.

Hurts could also factor into Saturday's Orange Bowl contest, if Tagovailoa is limited by injury.

Regardless, it's hard to see Hurts sticking around another year in Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa is going to return in 2019, and unless Nick Saban has a shocking change of heart, Hurts isn't going to win the job back. His best bet to play is to transfer to a team in need of a signal-caller for next year.