Jalen Hurts: ‘The only thing I’m worried about is Oklahoma’

Alabama quarterback coy about future, calls standing ovation at graduation special

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Although there are a lot of “assumptions” out there, University of Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts wasn’t letting on about what might be next for him after the end of the season.

"I'm here where my feet are," he said Thursday morning.

“The only thing I’m worried about is Oklahoma right now."

While there’s widespread speculation that Hurts will transfer for the final year of eligibility, he wasn’t letting on about anything during the Crimson Tide’s media day at the Orange Bowl.

Reporters had to ask, but it wasn’t the time or place for him to say anything. There’s still a national championship to pursue.

Later Thursday, Alabama will wrap up installation of the game plan for the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma, and hold a final walkthrough on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT, Saturday (ESPN).

“I’m approaching everything like I have all year,” he said. “I’m preparing as if I’m the starter. Trying to best prepared for if he opportunity presents itself – going into the game trying to be supportive my teammates. Trying to stay ready for if the time comes for me, and going in with the objective of trying to win the game.”

Hurts was the hero of the SEC Championship Game, coming off the bench to throw for one touchdown and ran for another with just over a minute to go, rallying No. 1 Alabama to a 35-28 victory over No. 4 Georgia.

He completed 7 of 9 passes for 82 yards, to go along with five carries for 28 yards in less than a quarter of action.

A week later, Hurts participated in gradation ceremonies and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Coleman Coliseum.

“It was a special,” Hurts said. “It’s been an amazing three years this fall. I’m very appreciative of all the support that I’ve had.”

As for what comes next, he left the door open to a lot of possibilities.

"My story's not over yet," he said.

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