With just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter and a 28-0 lead over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, Jalen Hurts enters his fifth game of the season. This shows the College Football world that he will be rolling with The Tide for the remainder of the 2018 season.
The new redshirt rule allows for any player to participate in up to four games and still retain that year of eligibility. With Tua Tagovailoa being the clear starter, and Jalen graduating in December, many speculated that Jalen Hurts would redshirt this season and transfer elsewhere to complete the remaining two years of eligibility he has left. The new graduate transfer rule allows graduate players to transfer to another program without having to sit out a year. This means Jalen would have been able to transfer and play immediately.
However, all of that speculation is now nothing more than an afterthought. Jalen has played in every game this season and Head Coach Nick Saban has made it clear that he plans on utilizing him for the rest of the season. Jalen has received a majority of his snaps in the fourth quarter; a part of the game in which his counterpart, Tagovailoa, has yet partake in.
While we now know that Jalen Hurts will have only one year of eligibility remaining, we do not know if he will be with the Crimson Tide when Fall of 2019 rolls around. Numerous analysts have predicted him joining former Alabama Offensive Coordinator, Lane Kiffin, in Boca Raton at Florida Atlantic University.
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