Alabama QB Jalen Hurts Speaks Out About the Offseason Rumors, Position Battle
If you weren't curious about the quarterback position at Alabama, Saturday's comments from Jalen Hurts might pique your interest.
The junior, who started for two straight years before being replaced in the second half of the national championship game by Tua Tagovailoa, has been a central figure this offseason as fans and media debated his future. That discussion really took off when his father hinted a the possibility of a transfer during in a story by Bleacher Report.
During Alabama's media day at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Hurts finally had the opportunity to address things.
"There's been a lot of rumors, a lot of speculation about things that have gone on this summer," Hurts said. "The funny part for me is there's a lot of people that have made decisions for me. It's actually good to see y'all guys. I kind of feel they've been hiding from y'all.
"But there's been a lot going on. A lot of things being said. Everybody has something to say. Everybody has an opinion. The funniest thing about all of it is I never said a thing. I kept my mouth closed. Didn't say anything to anyone."
Hurts sounded a little frustrated talking about the past few months and how he didn't get to have a say in much of what was being talked about in the media.
"No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included. No one asked me how I felt. No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. No asked me about what my future entailed. Now it's like me trying to handle the situation now, for me it's kind of late, it's too late. The narrative has already been created."
That narrative continued at SEC Media Days last month when Nick Saban was asked at whether Hurts would be at Alabama when the season began. At the time, Saban said he didn't know and that caught the quarterback off guard.
"I was kind of shocked that he said that. Me coming at him and trying to see what was going on and all that. I told him in June that I'd be here. It was never a decision that needed to be made in regards to me being here. That's something the general media placed on me."
Well, Hurts is here and there will be a lot more attention on him and his future in Tuscaloosa. You can hear everything Hurts said on Saturday by watching the video at the top of the page.