Alabama’s quarterback race has been a consuming topic in college football this off-season. Most experts peg Tua Tagovailoa as the favorite to win the job, with Jalen Hurts transferring if he’s beaten out.
Hurts’ father hinted in an article with Bleacher Report that his son would be transferring if he isn’t QB1 for the Tide this fall. There have been plenty of rumors floating around regarding potential transfer destinations, some of which have been absurd.
Nick Saban addressed some of the Hurts transfer rumors during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up this morning. Speaking with Mike Greenberg and Ryan Clark, Saban was asked about the competition between Hurts and Tagovailoa.
Greenberg asked Saban about what Hurts’ father had said and if the rising junior would be on the Alabama roster this fall if he wasn’t the starter.
“I don’t know that I’m in a position to make that sort of decision,” Saban said. “I want what’s best for our players. I talked to Jalen’s dad the day before and he made no indication of some of the things that were said in this article. I think that both players need to focus on the things that they can control and that’s their performance.”
Earlier, Saban didn’t rule out both players contributing this fall and revealed that he instructed the pair to block out outside noise about their battle.
“I’ve encouraged both guys to focus on what they can control and that’s their performance and not worry about all of that stuff,” he said.
You can watch Saban’s full appearance below.
Our prediction on this season hasn’t changed. We think Tagovailoa will win the job and Hurts will leave.
Time will tell if we were correct.