Each and every year, certain players are elevated to status others only hope to achieve on the collegiate ranks. That’s the case once again as ESPN released a way-too-early look at the Heisman Trophy front runners. Given to college football’s most outstanding player annually, the Oklahoma Sooners have claimed the award in back-to-back seasons. Now, it appears as though the program could be in the running for an unprecedented third consecutive Heisman!
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During the off-season, Jalen Hurts graduated from Alabama and made his intentions of entering the transfer portal public. Clinging to a 26-2 record as a starter, the quarterback quickly gained the attention of numerous programs from around the country. Ultimately, the grad transfer chose a final destination while filling a major void in Norman, Oklahoma. However, it is not the current state of the program vaulting Hurts into the Heisman conversation.
Before announcing a decision, Hurts was believed to be a Heisman contender solely based on his past resume. Possessing unrivaled leadership qualities, a top notch skill set, and 28 games of starting experience, Hurts inclusion in the early discussions remains a no-brainer. Add in the fact that Lincoln Riley has a way with bringing the best out of a signal caller and fans have the perfect storm on their hands. However, Hurts has yet to play a game with the Sooners and fans are uncertain of what the offense will look like regardless of who steps in under center.
If history repeats itself and Oklahoma caters the offense to Hurts unique skill set, the signal caller will likely earn a seat at the table as a finalist in NYC.