Is Jalen Hurts on his way out of Tuscaloosa? That seemingly months old discussion became the focus of the college football world once again on Thursday as Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes unleashed some revealing comments from Hurts’ father in a feature on the Alabama quarterback.
The article’s title on the Bleacher Report website reads “If You Think Jalen Hurts Is Just Giving Up on ‘Bama, You Clearly Don’t Know Him,” but the site’s social media team shared out the stories with the caption “Jalen Hurts is likely to transfer from Alabama if he doesn’t win the starting QB job. His dad says he’ll become ‘the biggest free agent in college football history.'”
The latter narrative has been a popular topic of discussion for Alabama fans and college football followers alike in the hours since. But at least one person close to the situation, Jalen’s brother Averion Hurts, was put off by the assertion that Hurts’ transfer was a forgone conclusion if Tua Tagovailoa happens to win the Crimson Tide starting quarterback role going into the season.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Hurts’ older brother offered this telling take on the Bleacher Report story:
“Yeah, you’d be a fool to believe every thing that you read on the internet,” the former Texas Southern quarterback wrote. “Freaking click bait.”
If you’re an Alabama fan hoping that the junior quarterback sticks around for an opportunity to play in his third national title game with the Crimson Tide, his brother’s response is probably an encouraging sign.
Still yet, comments from Hurts’ father (also named Averion) in the Bleacher Report article paint a different picture.
“Coach Saban’s job is to do what’s best for his team. I have no problem with that,” Averion Hurts said. “My job is to do what’s best for Jalen—and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. But he wants to play, and he will play…”
Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson also weighed in on the situation via Twitter, reiterating that he supports both Crimson Tide quarterbacks through what is becoming an increasingly difficult time.
A throwing hand injury to Tagovailoa has complicated this situation further, leaving Hurts as the top quarterback on the depth chart as the team prepares for its annual A-Day spring game on Saturday. Tagovailoa has been ruled out of the exhibition by Saban, and with photos circulating of Tagovailoa’s hand in a cast after what was termed a “setback” with his injury, it’s hard to say when we’ll see the two go head-to-head in competition next.