2. Florida Atlantic
Lane Kiffin engineered a great turnaround last year in his first season at Florida Atlantic last year, from 3-9 in 2016 to 11 wins last year, including decisive victories in both the Conference USA title game and the Boca Raton Bowl.
Kiffin was also the offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2014-2016, including Hurts’ breakout season as a freshman in that final year (2,780 passing yards, 954 rushing yard, 36 total touchdowns, 62.8 percent completion rate).
Hurts would probably rather land at a Power 5 school, all things considered. But with 2017 starting quarterback Jason Driskel bailing on football heading into what would have been his senior, and Florida State transfer De’Andre Johnson a question mark until he proves otherwise, Hurts could have a clear path to starting for Kiffin in 2019.
Kiffin would definitely love to take Hurts off Nick Saban’s hands, in his ongoing trolling of the coach and Alabama’s football program. Hurts should keep an open mind, at least.