Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. What are the five best teams for him?
How many times do you get a quarterback who started two national championship games on the market?
Jalen Hurts leaves Alabama a legend. He came a pick play against Clemson away from being forever known for his run that put Alabama ahead in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. He sputtered and struggled in last year’s national title game before Tua Tagovailoa stepped in and took over, and he saved the day in the SEC Championship this season.
But more than anything else. he’s a beloved figure for Tide fans for the way he handled himself after losing the job to Tagovailoa. There are no hard feelings whatsoever, and with the starting gig settled next year, he’s looking for a place to play.
How good is he? Beyond being a winner, he hit 63% of his passes for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and ran for 1,976 yards and 23 scores.
He’s a missing piece quarterback. He’s not just going to go someplace to play. He’s going to go some place where he might be able to take a team to the national championship.
Let’s also start with this. He’s an Alabama legend no matter what – he can’t go to Auburn. Can he? AU would actually be a perfect fit – assume that it’s the team to beat for his services, except that it just doesn’t seem right that he’d go there. Let’s just assume Tennessee isn’t going to be in the mix, either.
So beyond those two, if he really does leave, here are the five best fits for his talents.
5. Syracuse Orange
No, of course it’s not going to happen, but if Hurts wants to bomb away and get his passes in, Syracuse would be a really, really intriguing option.
Dino Babers is coming off a ten-win season and has most of the parts in place to keep it all going. Mainstay Eric Dungey is gone, and while Tommy DeVito is a good prospect, Hurts would step in and take this offense to another level.
The defense is loaded with veterans and should turn into one of the ACC’s best, and the offense has the targets for him to work with. Jamal Custis is gone, but the next four top receivers are returning.
Hurts fits. His running ability and veteran presence could be just enough to make Syracuse a dark-horse to get by Clemson – the Orange beat the Tigers in 2017 and came SO close in 2018 – and win the ACC.