- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Jalen Hurts, the former starting quarterback for the University of Alabama, has entered the NCAA transfer portal after Tua Tagovailoa beat him out for the job last season, ESPN and others reported Wednesday.

Hurts graduated from Alabama in December, so he will be immediately able to use his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.

Many applauded Hurts for sticking through the 2018 season as Tagovailoa got more playing time than him. A new NCAA rule would have allowed Hurts to transfer within the first four games of the season.

Hurts got into the SEC Championship game when Tagovailoa hurt his ankle and led Alabama to a 35-28 defeat of Georgia.

But now, Hurts is choosing to use his final year of eligibility elsewhere, ostensibly for a program that could use a better starting quarterback next season. Along with former Clemson starter Kelly Bryant, who similarly got usurped by freshman Trevor Lawrence this year, Hurts is a de facto free agent.

Local football fans might want to keep an eye on whether new Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who worked with Hurts for three seasons first as Alabama’s offensive analyst and then offensive coordinator, would be interested in bringing Hurts in. The Terrapins have two capable but oft-injured quarterbacks in Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome, but they have more seasons of eligibility ahead of them in the event Hurts come in for 2019.

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