UPDATE Sept. 29, 2018: Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has now played in five games in the 2018 season, making him ineligible to redshirt.
Jalen Hurts enters the game and now officially we can say he will NOT Redshirt this season – Crowd erupts when No.2 enters the game #RollTide #CBS42Gameday— Chris Renkel CBS 42 (@Chris_Renkel) September 29, 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Despite reports that Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts and his family were considering redshirting, Hurts has now played in his second game of the 2018 season, taking the field in the first quarter of the game against Arkansas State.
So what does that mean for the redshirt rumors? Under the new rule, a player can participate in four games and still redshirt that season.
The benefit to redshirting in 2018 is this: Hurts would be eligible to play immediately in the 2019 season, and still have another year to play college football.
If Hurts were to graduate transfer, as the 20-year-old junior is slated to graduate in December 2018, he’d only be eligible to play in the 2019 season.
If Hurts were to transfer without graduating or redshirting, he’d have to sit out the 2019 season before being eligible to play again in the 2020 season.
Hurts playing against Arkansas State begs the question–why would the accomplished QB need two more seasons after 2018 if he intends to play in the NFL? Some would say…he doesn’t.