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How staying at Alabama as a backup can make Jalen Hurts a better QB than transferring

Jalen Hurts

As of Saturday, Jalen Hurts has now appeared in four games this season and has yet to announce any plans of transferring. If Hurts appears in one more game this year, he will lose his chance at redshirting this year and the possibility of having two years of eligibility remaining instead of one if he leaves after graduating in December.

Conversation surrounding Hurts, and players like Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant who just announced he will transfer after losing his starting job, have centered on having playing time left at a different school if they take advantage of the NCAA’s new transfer rule. Perhaps we’ve been looking at this all wrong when it comes to Hurts.

What if Hurts is forfeiting a year of eligibility because he understands how valuable his time with new Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos is?

Enos, who joined the Alabama coaching staff after spending the last three seasons as the Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has developed a reputation as one of the most respected quarterback mentors in the college game today. At his last stop, Enos coached both Brandon and Austin Allen who are now playing professional football, Austin in Memphis for the Alliance of American Football and Brandon as a backup for the Los Angeles Rams.

Before that, Enos joined Cincinnati in 2004 and helped develop senior quarterback Gino Guidugli who finished his career as the Bearcats all-time leading passer with 11,453 career yards, including 2,633 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns as a senior. Guidugli was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 before bouncing around in minor league football.

In 2006, Enos joined his alma mater, Michigan State, where he mentored then-starter Drew Stanton who earned team MVP honors after compiling 2,252 total yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. Stanton ended up being drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft that following year and is currently a backup in Cleveland.

Enos has a good track record of helping quarterbacks advance their careers, especially lesser talented passing quarterbacks. None of the above-mentioned players, nor Hurts, are prototypical NFL-style, drop-back, strong-armed quarterbacks favored by the pro game.

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