Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts took an important step toward leaving the program as he entered his name and information into the NCAA transfer portal, a source told ESPN.
Hurts, a junior, has one year of eligibility remaining. Since he graduated in December, he could transfer and be able to play immediately.
Entering the transfer portal is a necessary step to make him available for contact by other college football programs. While sources indicate Hurts is expected to leave Alabama, entering the portal doesn’t lock him into doing so.
Hurts, a former SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman, was 26-2 with two championship game appearances in his two seasons as starting quarterback. This season, sophomore Tua Tagovailoa beat him out for the starting job and ultimately finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
Still, Hurts was used often this season, appearing in all but two games, which he missed while recovering from a high ankle sprain. All told, Hurts completed 51 of 70 passes for 765 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions as the backup. He also rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
During his two seasons as the starter, Hurts threw for a combined 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, to go along with 1,809 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.
Hurts is expected to have several suitors on the transfer market.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Alex Scarborough