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Saban mum on QB competition, doesn't rule out grad transfer

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Nick Saban isn’t thinking about Alabama’s quarterback competition right now — even if everyone else is.

Saban was asked about the possibility of playing both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa next season while talking to reporters at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am at the Greystone Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. The head coach remained on par with his previous responses to the topic.

“I haven’t given it any thought right now,” Saban said. “We’ve got two guys competing at the position. I’m not going to speculation on things that may or may not happen. We have a lot of choices and decisions that have to be made. So I’m not going to really answer questions that are hypothetical by nature, which you seem to love to ask me.”

If Alabama does name a starting quarterback before the start of the season, it runs the risk of either Hurts or Tagovailoa deciding to transfer. That would leave the Crimson Tide with just two scholarship quarterbacks in whoever was named the starter as well as backup Mac Jones, who earned co-MVP honors during the A-Day game.

There is also the possibility of Alabama bringing in a graduate transfer to add depth to the unit. Earlier this year, the Crimson Tide was rumored to bring in former East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew. However, Minshew opted to join Washington State instead.

“We’re always looking for ways to bring players to our team to improve our team,” Saban said. “Right now is spring recruiting, so if we saw somebody out there that we thought would make us a better team at any position we’d certainly bring them in.”

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