TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The conversation of Jalen Hurts' future started before he was named Alabama’s back-up quarterback.
What was Hurts going to do with Tua Tagovailoa playing in front of him? Well, today we got more of an idea.
When Hurts jogged onto the field in the first quarter of Alabama’s 56-14 win over UL-Lafayette, it officially made Hurts unable to redshirt this season. As a result, he will remain with the Crimson Tide in 2018.
The phenomenon created by a new NCAA rule allows players to redshirt if they played in less than five games has featured several high-profile cases, including with Clemson starter-turned-back-up QB Kelly Bryant. However, that won’t be the case with Hurts.
Hurts' commitment to the Crimson Tide does not mean he will remain with Alabama after this season, however, He is scheduled to graduate in December and will still has a season of eligibility remaining.