Jalen Hurts transfers to Oklahoma with a shot to take down Alabama

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2019

He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride.

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced he will be a Sooner via a piece written for The Players' Tribune on Wednesday afternoon.

He was the SEC Player of the Year as a true freshman in 2016, leading the Crimson Tide to a ideal record in the regular season before losing to Clemson 35-31 in the national championship game. The ramifications are stunning. Less than a year from now, he may well be facing the Crimson Tide in a similar. Instead of taking advantage of the NCAA's new redshirt policy, Hurts played out the entire season as the Crimson Tide's backup quarterback, appearing in 13 games while completing 72.9 percent of his passes for 765 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions.

After a rough first half, Hurts was benched for Tagovailoa, who then rallied the Tide to the title. I have a feeling Hurts is going to tear it up.

"Was what happened in the 2018 National Championship Game bittersweet?"

Kendall, once thought to be in the running to be OU's next quarterback after the departure of Kyler Murray, entered his name in the portal on January 11. As late as August, coach Lincoln Riley indicated Murray and Kendall were neck-and-neck from a talent and ability perspective.

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Riley helped navigate Baker Mayfield's historic career at OU, culminating in winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy Award.

Hurts said in the article.

Mayfield came from Texas Tech. Four-star running back recruit Jaylan Knighton announced he's decommitting from the Sooners. "I'm very excited to have this opportunity and I'm excited for the journey ahead". "So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board". Tanner Mordecai, a freshman last season, is the only quarterback now on scholarship for the Sooners.

"Y'all don't know me yet... but just for now, to introduce myself: I'm a motivated coach's son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball".

According to section 6.3.1 of the Big 12 bylaws, a student-athlete transferring between member institutions must sit out a year of competition unless they receive a written waiver from the athletic director of their original school.

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