Alabama's two-year starter at quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has lost the battle with Tua Tagovailoa for the starting job, and speculation has swirled about his future.
Some reports have him redshirting this fall, although after playing against Arkansas State, it's clear enough that Nick Saban currently has no such intention. Of course, he could always take the Blake Barnett path and transfer after four games, redshirt elsewhere, and have two years of eligibility remaining. But with a college degree from UA just a few months away for Hurts, and the chance at a second consecutive national championship ring within reach, that seems somewhat far-fetched.
Once the season comes to a close, Hurts transferring to play elsewhere in 2019 would be not only understandable, but expected. He's too gifted a player not to pursue a another opportunity.
But for now, all indications are that behind Tagovailoa, Alabama will boast the most experienced and accomplished backup quarterback in college football for the balance of 2018.