The Alabama Crimson Tide are the number one ranked team in the country this year and they are undefeated. They have gotten to this point with a true freshman under center and he has seen great success. However, with Jalen Hurts success, they have had 3 other quarterbacks transfer. The other quarterbacks know that they will not have a shot to crack the starting lineup again, so they have all transferred to other schools. This is not a shock, but to have 3 transfer in one season is shocking. If Hurts was to get injured, who would come in and play quarterback now?
So heading into the college football playoffs, it looks like Alabama will be very thin at quarterback. Hurts has had an exceptional freshman year and has led his team back to the playoffs, but one injury to him, could cripple the Crimson Tide's shot at another National Championship run. Surely, Alabama will be able to reload at the position next season, but could be in a bit of trouble in the playoffs. The news comes shortly after redshirt junior, Cooper Bateman, also announced he was transferring. Blake Barnett, who actually started Alabama's opener against USC, declared earlier this week that he will finish his career at Arizona State. With so much talent on just one team, it is tough for these stars to break into the starting lineup a lot of the time.
Given that Hurts has played so well this season, and is only a freshman, it is no surprise that many of the quarterbacks have decided to move to other schools. However, the Crimson Tide will still need someone to back up their star freshman moving forward. Who knows, maybe there is some high school kid out there who has intentions of coming to Alabama and taking Hurts’ spot as the starter. Even after Barnett technically "won" the job in fall camp, Hurts was inserted into the lineup early in Alabama's season opener against USC and then never really looked back. The same could happen to him next season, but that does not look to realistic right now.
The Alabama faithful better hope they can keep their star freshman upright and healthy in the next game. They face off against a hungry Washington team, who boasts a feisty defense. Washington will be doing everything they can to hit the star freshman and disrupt him as much as possible. Hurts finished his freshman season with 22 passing touchdowns and 12 more scores on the ground; all but ensuring that the job is his the next two years. For now, he is the only option the Crimson Tide have at quarterback, which is a scary thought. Fans will get to see if the offensive line can keep him healthy through this playoff run.