Almost immediately after the national title game and Tagovailoa’s emergence, during an appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show,” former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy pointed to Texas as a transfer destination for Hurts.
"I think that’s a real possibility,” McElroy said of a potential Hurts transfer. “He’s from Texas and the Texas Longhorns are in the quarterback market. And, by the way, he didn’t redshirt. So when he does transfer — if he does — and I would assume that’s what he will do because he’s a quarterback and it’s hard to go to a guy and say ‘You mind playing outside linebacker? Are you good moving to running back?’ Not a lot of guys take kindly to that move, especially at the collegiate level."
Junior Shane Buechele and sophomore Sam Ehlinger are the top competitors for the starting job under center this year for the Longhorns. Neither is guaranteed much of anything and unless one of them clearly solidifies himself head coach Tom Herman will be in a similar place with a quarterback question a year from now.
Herman has had a high level of success with dual-threat signal callers in the past, as offensive coordinator at Ohio State (Braxton Miller) and head coach at Houston (Greg Ward). So it’s not out of the question for Herman to seek that type of quarterback as soon as he can for Texas. Hurts fits that mold, and brings winning experience with him too.