When the Quarterback Earns a Degree and Switches Colleges

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About a dozen Power Five teams, including powers like Oklahoma and Louisiana State, are rolling with graduate transfers at quarterback. It might be the new normal for college football.ImageQuarterback Jalen Hurts, once Alabama’s starter, now plays for Oklahoma. CreditCreditBrett Deering/Getty ImagesPublished Sept. 5, 2019Updated Sept. 7, 2019, 10:02 a.m. ETNORMAN, Okla. — All of it — the 5,626 passing yards at Alabama, the halftime benching in a national title game, the depth-chart demotion and last December’s come-and-save the Crimson Tide crisis — dissolved into the evening shadows as Jalen Hurts trotted out to start another college football season.Alabama had already played its season opener, and won. Hurts, the quarterback who was 26-2 as a starter there, was now, for a single season, an Oklahoma Sooner.So it is across the country: Graduate transfers are lining up at new universities to take more snaps, and coaches are taking them up on it, seizing talents they know they will have for only a season or two. Three Big 12 teams opened the year by starting a quarterback who had finished his degree at one university and moved on to another. Five Southeastern Conference teams did the same, as did three in the Big Ten.“This is not going to be an unusual topic, even next year or the year after,” said Chad Morris, the head coach at Arkansas, which played two graduate transfers at quarterback on Saturday. “This is fixing to be the norm.”In 2013, according to the N.C.A.A., there were 58 graduate transfers at all positions in Division I football. In 2018, that figure climbed to 166. But nowhere are transfers more visible — and, for some teams, more vital — than at quarterback.The consequences for the sport could be far-reaching, in part because coaches, especially those facing immense pressure to produce immediate results, may be tempted to favor more experienced signal callers, cutting playing time for younger quarterbacks and hindering their development. “I think it will be akin to the one-and-done in basketball where the true freshman is sought after,” Gary Danielson, a CBS commentator and former Purdue quarterback, said. “For these top layer football teams, the cream of the crop in the Power Five conferences, you have 80,000 people buying tickets, you

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