The Changing of the Tides
Crimson Tide Quarterback Jalen Hurts will compete for the role of starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners as a graduate student transfer.
By Andrew Marronaro
After being a backup quarterback for the Crimson Tide this season, Jalen Hurts is moving closer to home. Hurts’ next school will be the University of Oklahoma, where he will play as a graduate transfer under head coach Lincoln Riley with a cast of star-studded players.
Hurts showcased his talent quickly in his freshman year at Alabama, completing 240 passes while racking up a combined 2,780 yards. Hurts completed 51 passes with total yardage coming out to 765 yards during his junior year, before he was replaced during the national title game by true freshman Tua Tagovailoa.
“I think he felt betrayed,” said Lamarcus Stokes, a Tuscaloosa native and longtime Alabama fan. “However, you need to do what is best for the team, and it is apparent that it’s Tua.”
This does not discredit Hurts from his accomplishments at Alabama or discount his leadership. If anything, the University of Oklahoma will be a second opportunity to make an impact on a premier football program.
“With the system they play with and the players around him, it will make an immediate impact in college football,” Stokes said.
With Hurts’ deadly run game-fingered receivers, there is no telling what carnage they can unleash against Big 12 opponents, as well as all of college football.
This begs the question for college football fans around the nation: will Oklahoma adding Hurts be the final piece it needs to contend for a national championship? Oklahoma has produced two Heisman trophy quarterbacks in the last two years, and Hurts could add his name to its list of illustrious alumni such as Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
“Oklahoma is a top offensive team, coupled with an always proficient offensive attack,” said Riley Binder, a recruiting specialist for the University of Alabama football team.
Hurts can elevate the Sooners to greatness with the same leadership he exemplified at Alabama. He may even have a reunion with Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoffs.
“He’s got a strong arm, and knows how to throw the ball,” said Jack Corso, a University of Alabama senior. “I think he will have a lot of success with Oklahoma’s quick strike offense who isn’t afraid to take deep shots.”