After Jalen Hurts announced the intentions to transfer to the University of Oklahoma as a graduate, the senior retained one year of eligibility. Rejoicing at the news, the fanbase immediately handed the experienced signal caller the reigns to the offense. However, in typical fashion, Lincoln Riley refused to name a starting quarterback.
Labeling the situation as a ‘battle,’ the competition raged on despite what many already knew. The only ingredient missed remained an official announcement. Now, Sooner Nation finally received the word.
In a final season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Hurts appeared in limited action. Despite playing the role of a backup, the veteran recorded eight touchdowns alongside a career high 72.9% completion rate. Hoping to pick up where he left off in the SEC Championship game, Hurts has big shoes to fill. Following two Heisman winning quarterbacks is no easy task.
Yet, Oklahoma staked a claim as QBU and Hurts is already in the hunt for a few of the top accolades.