Former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts to transfer to Oklahoma. What does it all mean?
Oklahoma once again gets a ridiculous talent at the right time for the right offense.
Jalen Hurts follows up the amazing season from Kyler Murray and the tremendous run by Baker Mayfield to be the next great Oklahoma quarterback. And there’s one big difference here.
Jalen Hurts has won a national title. Murray and Mayfield didn’t.
Is Hurts the passer that those two were? He might be more than you think.
He completed 63% of his passes with 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for Alabama, and he ran for 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns.
At Texas Tech, Mayfield completed 64% of his passes with 12 scores and nine picks in his one year before transferring. At Texas A&M, Murray completed 59% of his throws for 686 yards and five scores with seven picks. Both of them turned out to be just fine in the Lincoln Riley offense.
One big difference, though, is that Mayfield and Murray had a year to learn the system and work their way through the process. Hurts will have to hit the ground running.
However, the one big difference the other way is that Hurts is a proven winner. He has been through the wars. He has played in national championships. He has come through in the clutch in big games, he saved the Tide in the SEC Championship this year, and he carries the offense at times more than he ever received credit for.
And, again, Hurts has won College Football Playoff games. Riley hasn’t, and Mayfield and Murray didn’t.
Hurts is a leader, a winner, and he’s smart enough and has the right personality to hit all of the right notes. He handled himself with grace and class at Alabama, and he leaves a folk hero and a legend.
Now he gets to try to do the same at Oklahoma.
Will he put up ridiculous passing numbers and be a Heisman-caliber, No. 1-overall-draft-pick type of playmaker now that he gets to turn it loose?
Don’t be surprised if he does.
And don’t be surprised if Hurts turns out to be the right quarterback to finally take Oklahoma to a whole other level.