Could Jalen Hurts transfer to another SEC school?
The college football world has been abuzz since Jalen Hurts was benched in the national title game, sat in favor of true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who looked like the superior passer in that game by far. The future of Hurts at Alabama not surprisingly as a result has become uncertain.
As it stands, there has not been a starter named for Alabama yet — but Tagovailoa looked a lot sharper in spring practice and looks to be the favorite for the job. That being said, if Hurts were to lose the starting job and transfer, he would be one of the most sought-after transfer quarterbacks in quite some time.
Amid the schools that could be in the running, how would the Florida Gators look as a fit?
Mullen had a front row seat to Hurts at his best, when the sophomore led the Tide to a comeback win over Mississippi State last season, easily the Tide’s best win of the regular season and a huge reason Alabama was able to win Nick Saban a sixth national championship.
If Florida again goes the transfer route — despite being burned by Malik Zaire last year and only somewhat less redeemed by Austin Appleby and the competent, but injury prone Luke Del Rio before that — Hurts is the guy who becomes the most important recruit.
Burrow is just another guy to compete.
Hurts is a program changer.
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Florida hasn’t had the best luck with transfer quarterbacks, but QBs like Zaire, Del Rio, and Appleby were under the Jim McElwain system.
With Dan Mullen, the Gators will have a complete schematic change where dual-threat quarterbacks thrive. Keep in mind, though, that Mullen coached a Bulldogs squad that reached a #1 ranking while being led by Dak Prescott.
One thing not worth forgetting: Saban does not run the prototypical spread, instead opting for more of a pro-style offense. That being said, it would be interesting how Hurts would play in Mullen’s system where dual-threat QBs succeed.