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Sport5 things to consider about Jalen Hurts as your team’s new QB

18:00  12 january  2019
18:00  12 january  2019 Source:   sbnation.com

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts in transfer portal

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts in transfer portal Two people familiar with the situation say Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database portal. The people spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the NCAA list is not publicly accessible. Hurts was a two-year starter before losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa.

5 things to consider about Jalen Hurts as your team ’ s new QB . Hurts might not be “the biggest free agent in college football history,” as his dad predicted last summer, but lots of teams will want a dual-threat QB who’s eligible immediately and has already led a team to the Playoff twice and played

Hurts was a second- team all-district selection as a sophomore and was named the District 21-6A Overall MVP as a junior during his high school playing years. ^ "Who is Jalen Hurts ? Five things to know about freshman competing for Alabama starting job".

5 things to consider about Jalen Hurts as your team’s new QB © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hurts is officially a transfer candidate. He probably won’t win as much as he did at Alabama, but he might be a better QB.

Jalen Hurts has been an obvious transfer candidate for months. He’s obviously good enough to be a starting college quarterback, having gone 26-2 in that job at Alabama. He’s behind a guy who just set the FBS single-season passer efficiency record. Hurts graduated in December 2018, making him eligible in 2019 at another school.

Now Hurts is an official candidate, via his placement in the NCAA transfer portal.

That means other schools are free to recruit Hurts. Hurts might not be “the biggest free agent in college football history,” as his dad predicted last summer, but lots of teams will want a dual-threat QB who’s eligible immediately and has already led a team to the Playoff twice and played on another elite Bama team.

Any number of schools might have a chance to land him.

Florida State has serious interest, a source told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott.

Maryland just hired Hurts’ offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, as head coach, and has a need at quarterback. He’s reportedly set to visit Maryland and Miami the weekend of Jan. 11, too.

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Maybe Oklahoma, which has had two transfer QBs win the last two Heismans and isn’t far from Hurts’ hometown in Texas, would be interested.

Report: QB Hurts visits Oklahoma day after Maryland

Report: QB Hurts visits Oklahoma day after Maryland Jalen Hurts entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal during the week, indicating his intention to transfer from Alabama. The quarterback, who has one year of college eligibility left and could transfer immediately as a grad transfer, is already taking visits. On Friday night, Hurts was spotted with former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at a Maryland-Indiana game. Locksley was named Maryland’s new head coach. Jalen Hurts is here with Michael Locksley. pic.twitter.com/TyiLrCx05F — Josh Stirn (@Josh_Stirn) January 11, 2019 A day later, Hurts was on Oklahoma’s campus, according to Sooner Scoop.

When Jalen Hurts spoke out Saturday, providing his view of Alabama’ s quarterback situation after months of all of us—and his dad, and his Three days before Alabama played Washington in the Peach Bowl during the quarterback ’ s freshman season, Hurts was asked who had helped him stay

Get the latest updated stats for Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts on ESPN.com. Jalen Hurts . #2 QB . Junior. Alabama Crimson Tide.

Those are just a few ideas that would make sense, not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Whoever gets Hurts will get a QB who could both be a little underrated and overrated, depending on the evaluator.

QBs with his resume do not transfer often. Hurts never led Bama to a win in a national title game, but he did get the Tide to two of them in his two years as a starter, and the Tide won one of those after Tua Tagovailoa replaced him at halftime, with Hurts returning the favor in the 2018 SEC Championship.

Whoever’s assessing Hurts’ upside can choose where to focus and draw their own conclusions. These are some of the things to think about.

1. Hurts won a lot and had good numbers at Bama, though that’s true of all of Nick Saban’s QBs.

Hurts has not demonstrated for sure that he’s a great passing QB. In 2017, his last year as the starter, he finished 20th among qualified passers in efficiency rating and 25th in yards per attempt.

Report: QB Hurts had visit with Miami coaches

Report: QB Hurts had visit with Miami coaches Jalen Hurts is having himself quite a weekend. The Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback is seeking a new college football program as a graduate transfer and has begun his process of evaluating teams. He visited with Maryland on Friday, Oklahoma on Saturday, and Sunday was his day in Miami. According The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, Hurts met with Miami’s coaches and had dinner at Prime 112, a posh Miami steakhouse. Told by #UM source Alabama QB Jalen Hurts met with coaches today and was having dinner at Prime 112. He visited Maryland (Friday) and Oklahoma (Saturday) over the weekend.

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts had a rocky freshman season and still had his team on the verge of a national title. If he develops his passing, his ceiling is Forget everything else about Jalen Hurts ’ s first season as Alabama’ s quarterback and just think about that drive. When the Crimson Tide absolutely

Alabama quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (2) and Tua Tagovailoa (13) interact before the their game against Louisville. Without another good option at quarterback , Hurts transferring this summer would have created a massive potential liability for a team that is favored to win a national championship, giving

Those are good numbers, not great ones, and it’s impossible to say how much being surrounded by Bama’s cadre and four- and five-stars boosted them. Past Bama QBs Greg McElroy, AJ McCarron, Blake Sims, and Jake Coker had similar or better figures.

On another hand: Those are, again, good numbers. Most college QBs are highly limited passers. Evaluating his position is an inexact science, but I don’t think it’s too aggressive to say he’s in the upper half of Power 5 QBs as a passer.

Good luck deciding how much to make of Hurts’ sparse reps in 2018, when he was 51-of-70 passing for eight touchdowns, two interceptions, 10.9 yards per throw, and a 197 rating that nearly equaled what Tagovailoa posted across a couple hundred more passing attempts. Whatever you make of it, though, it can’t be anything other than good.

2. He doesn’t rip off many huge, explosive plays like Tagovailoa does.

A vibrant downfield passing game is the main thing Bama got when it elevated Tagovailoa to the starting job over Hurts. Despite Hurts’ great line off the bench in 2019, Tagovailoa’s Marginal Explosiveness was about 40 percent higher.

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts transfers to Oklahoma

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts transfers to Oklahoma Jalen Hurts’ last pass for Alabama came in the National Championship Game against Clemson. Oklahoma will have its third starting quarterback in three years in 2019. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced in the Players’ Tribune on Wednesday that he would head to Oklahoma for the 2019 season. Hurts is a graduate transfer and eligible immediately after spending the 2018 season as the backup quarterback to Tua Tagovailoa. I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student.

When Jalen Hurts was honest about his dissatisfaction with how the Alabama QB situation has played out, it meant the year' s most interesting QB competition Like I said, this whole spring, ever since the game, they kind of wanted to let it play out, and I guess didn't think it was a thing to let it die down like

As far as Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is concerned, nothing much has changed since he was pulled from the national championship and watched on Not that he has much say in the matter, other than by how he plays. For his part, Hurts said he had met with Saban and planned to stay at Alabama

Sometimes, Hurts connects on deep balls. He’s made some brilliant plays in his career. But he’s like most college QBs in that those come occasionally, not all the time.

3. But Hurts is unquestionably a serious running threat.

Former Bama coordinator Lane Kiffin built his offense around using Hurts like a running back. This year, not counting sacks, Hurts carried 34 times for 173 yards, a 5.1-yard average. The year before, when Hurts was an every-down QB and not a change-of-pace guy who played a lot of his snaps in blowouts, he ran for 981 yards (a 7.5-yard average) and eight touchdowns.

4. He’s demonstratively a great teammate and leader, beloved by Alabama’s whole campus.

Not one person associated with Alabama ever uttered a peep in public about Hurts handling his benching with anything less than total grace and professionalism. Tagovailoa and Saban, among others, have repeatedly praised him for being a good teammate.

When Hurts graduated, he got a raucous ovation.

When he came off the bench for an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship and led game-tying and winning drives, he made Saban start to cry:

Jalen Hurts' transfer to Oklahoma sets up happy ending — for everybody

Jalen Hurts' transfer to Oklahoma sets up happy ending — for everybody Jalen Hurts' transfer to Oklahoma sets up for a happy ending not only for him, but also for Oklahoma and even for Alabama.

Alabama’s Jalen Hurts , left, is now second on the team ’ s QB depth chart behind Tua Tagovailoa Jalen Hurts , above, has played well when given the chance this season, but so has starter Tua Hurts could use a new NCAA rule that allows players to appear in four games yet still redshirt the

Nick Saban says Jalen Hurts told him he’ s staying at Alabama, but the Tide’ s QB future is still unclear. Alabama will have a quarterback battle in fall camp. The gladiators will be incumbent starter Jalen Hurts and five -star It’ s common sense that one might consider a transfer, even if you don’t

5. Oh, and he doesn’t make many mistakes.

In the last two years, he’s fumbled six times (losing three of them) on 486 touches and thrown three interceptions on 324 passes.

So, whether a team will get a great QB in Hurts remains to be seen. But there’s little doubt he’s a good QB, and he might still have room to grow.

His ability as a powerful runner won’t just disappear. On top of that, it’s possible the growth he showed in limited action as a passer in 2018 would carry over to a more expanded role on another campus in 2019.

Whoever lands Hurts shouldn’t expect him to be exactly the same guy he was at Alabama. That means not expecting him to go 13-1. It might also mean getting a better player.

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