Jalen Hurts takes first step toward transferring; Trevon Diggs to return

Crimson Tide quarterback enters name into NCAA transfer portal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Junior quarterback Jalen Hurts took his first step toward transferring from the University of Alabama when his name was submitted for the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday.

The move makes him available for contact by college programs.

Hurts has a 26-2 record as a starting quarterback, only to get beat out by Tua Tagovailoa this season.

He still played in 13 games, completing 51 of 70 pass attempts (72.9 percent) for 765 yards and eight touchdowns, with two interceptions, plus had 36 rushing attempts for 167 yards and two more scores.

His passer rating rose from 150.2 to 196.7.

The 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year replaced an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game and led the Crimson Tide to the victory.

Numerous news outlets reported Hurts’ addition to the NCAA transfer portal, which is a new database that is supposed to only be available to schools.

Once a player informs their coach of their intent to transfer, the school’s compliance office is required to place is name in the database within two business days.

Hurts graduated in December, so he would be eligible to play immediately for another school. Among the schools to keep an eye on are Maryland, where Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is the new head coach, and Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, Alabama junior cornerback Trevon Diggs announced on Twitter that he’ll be returning after considering leaving early for the NFL. Diggs had 20 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception before suffering a season-ending foot injury at Arkansas.