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Nick Saban Addressed Jalen Hurts' Future At Alabama

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls  out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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

Jalen Hurts will probably be moving on from the Alabama football program following the 2018 season, as the Crimson Tide quarterback likely wants to be a starter somewhere.

That's not happening at Alabama, obviously, as Tua Tagovailoa has at least one more season in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hurts can pursue a graduate transfer and play immediately elsewhere in 2019.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is reportedly on board with that idea.

CBS' Gary Danielson revealed during today's Alabama-Auburn game that he talked to Saban about a Hurts transfer.

From 247Sports:

“We were talking to Coach Saban on Friday about the transfers of quarterbacks and he said I really think now Jalen has to think about transferring. And he said I’m for it, right? He said I’m for him to look at (a potential transfer). But look at the success in college football – and these are top rated teams – that transfer quarterbacks have had in football. I mean, right down the list, (they’ve made a) major impact.

“And I think a couple guys are going to be sought-after. You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after. I mean, you don’t know – and I don’t want to throw anything in the middle of it – but what’s going to happen with Georgia? Jake Fromm’s playing and they’re not gonna bench Jake Fromm, he’s playing too good. And Justin Fields wants to play, too. And if he looks around and he goes, look at what other people have done when they’ve left, it’s hard to say I’m just going to stick it out and play one year.”

Saban would reportedly help Hurts make a decision if that's what he wanted, too.

“I asked Nick in that same meeting, I said do you think he will ask your opinion on where he should go if he transfers, or when he transfers?” he said. “And Nick kind of looked at me and he goes well, you know what, we’ve been in this together since I recruited him and now the whole three years and the whole thing this year, I would think that he and his parents would probably ask my opinion at least and want to talk about it.”

There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts if he does decide to transfer.

Alabama has more football to play in 2018 first, though. The Crimson Tide are set to take on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next weekend. The College Football Playoff comes after that.