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Former Alabama starting QB turned backup, Jalen Hurts, reportedly entered his name into the college football transfer portal. Despite applying for graduate school at Alabama and surrendering an entire year of eligibility with just 58 attempts across limited time in 10 of Alabama's 12 regular season games this season, Hurts has apparently changed his mind and thrown his name into the transfer portal. Including teams such as Auburn and Wisconsin, here are the five schools that would make the most sense to land Hurts.
5. Arizona Wildcats
With Arizona's standout dual-threat QB Khalil Tate in his final year of eligibility as a senior for the 2019-20 season, Hurts could be a great fit in head coach Kevin Sumlin's offensive system. I mean, Sumlin is the guy who helped turn Johnny Manziel into the Heisman-trophy winner during his time at Texas A&M.
4. TCU Horned Frogs
TCU and head coach Gary Patterson are in need of a starting QB come next season's kickoff, and similar to Sumlin, Patterson has proven he knows how to unleash dual-threat QB talents like Trevone Boykin and Texas A&M-transfer Kenny Hill.
3. Auburn Tigers
Don't let Jarrett Stidham's last two years for the Tigers make you forget Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn's affinity for, and success with, dual-threat quarterbacks. In 2013, Nick Marshall led Malzahn's Tigers to the best season they've had in the last eight years and within seconds of Auburn's second National Championship since 2010.
2. Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers have been without a legitimate passing threat – or scheme for that matter – since Joel Stave's 2012 sophomore season. However, the two things the Badgers have mastered over the last six seasons are the rushing game and defense. The way Wisconsin pounds the rock and draws eight, and even nine-man boxes, a QB like Hurts could have a career season throwing into an abundance of man-to-man coverage. Not to mention, with Wisconsin's starting QB, Alex Hornibrook still battling concussion issues, backup Jack Coan underwhelming the masses, and highly-touted recruit Graham Mertz coming to Madison as just a true freshman this fall, one year under a veteran QB like Hurts makes a lot of sense for both parties.
1. Houston Cougars
Prior to longtime West Virginia head coach, Dana Holgorsen, departing the Mountaineers at the end of this season, WVU would have made a lot of sense with this season's star QB Will Grier moving on to the 2019 NFL Draft. However, with Holgorsen taking over as Houston's new head coach, combined and the fact that Hurts is from Channelview, Texas (a suburb of Houston), becoming a Cougar could make a lot of sense for the graduate transfer.
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