Jalen Hurts bolsters Heisman candidacy with dominant first half
Jalen Hurts continues to silence his critics after another dominant first half for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Hurts put up 308 yards of passing in the first half of Saturday’s game against Texas Tech, and added 60 yards on the ground as well. He put up three total touchdowns.
Some of his best plays weren’t even the scoring ones. Hurts showed off his once-questioned arm strength during the first half on one huge throw.
Remember that one time people actually believed Jalen Hurts can’t throw?
— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) September 28, 2019
He also showed off his elusiveness with his legs, at one point deking two defenders so badly that they crashed into each other.
Jalen Hurts forcing two defenders to run into each other in the open field. Mike Vick is proud. pic.twitter.com/FCTnO5X4Kl
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) September 28, 2019
At one point, Hurts had accumulated 239 passing yards on just six completions, good for an average of 34.1 yards per pass.
Jalen Hurts is averaging 34.1 yards per pass pic.twitter.com/9rLin4fHlW
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 28, 2019
Hurts may not be the Heisman favorite — Tua Tagovailoa, his former Alabama teammate, will have something to say about that. However, he’s only increasing his chances of being a contender with every dominant week he has.
On a related note, given the success he’s had with so many different quarterbacks, no wonder Lincoln Riley may be so in-demand as an NFL head coach.