"Saban's job is to do what's best for his team", he said.
Hurts struggled in the national championship game, and was replaced by Tagovailoa who went on to lead Alabama to a comeback win over Georgia.
Averion Hurts also said that if his son doesn't win the job, he would be "the biggest free agent in college football history".
The elder Hurts seems to think highly of his son's impact in the transfer market. We don't want any players to not be able to fulfill their goals and aspirations in our program.
"Jalen has done, I think (he) has had a really good spring from the standpoint that we really tried to focus on continuing to help him develop confidence in the passing game", Saban said.
What Averion Hurts said in Hayes's Bleacher Report story shouldn't surprise anyone who has been paying attention. "We're going to try to protect this and make sure that this thing is not going to be an issue for him in the fall".
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It will be interesting to see how Saban handles this situation, just days ahead of the Tide's spring game. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. Jalen's done a great job and had significant improvement. It's likely he will keep this competition going well into the week of the Tide's season-opener against Louisville.
Saban was asked Thursday about a Bleacher Report article published earlier in the day. Neither one came to sit on the bench, and either one would have more than 100 FBS programs willing to give him every opportunity to win the starting job in 2019.
Hurts has thrown for 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushed for 1,809 yards (5.2 average) and 21 scores across 28 starts through two seasons with the Tide, leading them to the national title game in both years.
Averion Hurts made clear that his son's preference is to stay at Alabama. That presumably leaves Hurts as the de facto starter for the foreseeable future.
Hurts has gotten a head start of sorts in the competition because of an injury Tagovailoa suffered to his left (throwing) hand.
And until Saban makes his choice, this topic will dominate the college football conversation.