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Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts has great reaction to Kyler Murray going first overall

Jalen Hurts

Kyler Murray helped Oklahoma make history on Thursday night when the Sooners became the first team in history to have back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks at the same position, and Jalen Hurts is hoping to put that record even further out of reach in 2020.

Hurts decided to transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma earlier this year, and he is the favorite to earn the starting job for the Sooners next season. After the Arizona Cardinals took Murray with the first overall pick in the draft, Hurts had a great reaction.

While Hurts may not end up being the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, he is certainly in good hands under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma. It’s no coincidence that Baker Mayfield and Murray both won the Heisman Trophy, and we saw what Hurts was capable of at Alabama. He has the experience and talent needed to step in and put up huge numbers in Riley’s offense.

Riley recently made it seem like Hurts is not a lock to win the starting job, but it would be a surprise if redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai beat him out. If Hurts is already thinking about being the top pick in the draft, Riley has to love the ambition.

Oklahoma not handing Jalen Hurts starting quarterback job

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts almost certainly transferred to Oklahoma believing he would be the program’s starting quarterback. And while that may happen, the Sooners are not just handing him the job.

Hurts and redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai are battling for the job in a competition. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley insists the competition is real and not for show.

“Yeah, it’s a competition, like there’s always been here,” Riley said, via Oklahoma Daily. “We’ve always had competitions, we will always have competitions. This is a very real one.”

Hurts is a former SEC Offensive Player of the Year with 48 career touchdown passes against 12 interceptions. It’s hard to see him not winning the job. But things will only get more interesting when recruit Spencer Rattler joins them in the position battle upon arriving on campus.

H/T The Spun

Jalen Hurts announces he is transferring to Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley will be coaching his third starting quarterback in as many years when the Sooners open up camp later this year, and the latest has the potential to become the school’s third consecutive Heisman Trophy winner.

In a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday, Jalen Hurts announced he has decided to transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma. He said he is proud to have received his degree from the University of Alabama and thanked Nick Saban for changing his life. Hurts also admitted what happened during the 2018 National Championship Game — when he was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa — was tough for him.

“Was what happened in the 2018 National Championship Game bittersweet? Of course it was — it was a humbling experience. It was tough, man,” Hurts wrote.

“But I am even tougher for it. I AM BUILT FOR THIS.”

Hurts, who assured Crimson Tide fans he is “Bama for LIFE,” will be eligible to play immediately at Oklahoma as a graduate transfer. Riley is, of course, in search of another starting quarterback with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray having declared for the NFL Draft. Murray took over for Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman with the Sooners the year prior before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.

Many considered Miami the favorite to land Hurts, especially after the Hurricanes made their new offensive coordinator hire. Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, who will have two years of eligibility remaining when he is cleared, announced on Tuesday that he is heading to Miami. Oklahoma should be a great fit for Hurts.

Report: Jalen Hurts had visit with Miami coaches

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Jalen Hurts is having himself quite a weekend.

The Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback is seeking a new college football program as a graduate transfer and has begun his process of evaluating teams. He visited with Maryland on Friday, Oklahoma on Saturday, and Sunday was his day in Miami.

According The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, Hurts met with Miami’s coaches and had dinner at Prime 112, a posh Miami steakhouse.

Navarro says Miami believes they have a 50/50 chance of landing Hurts.

Hurts spent three seasons at Alabama, starting two national championship games for the Tide. He has passed for 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career.

If he were to join the Hurricanes, Hurts would be reuniting with Dan Enos, an offensive assistant at Alabama who’s now the offensive coordinator at Miami.

Report: Jalen Hurts visits Oklahoma day after Maryland

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Jalen Hurts is a busy man on the transfer circuit.

Hurts entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal during the week, indicating his intention to transfer from Alabama. The quarterback, who has one year of college eligibility left and could transfer immediately as a grad transfer, is already taking visits.

On Friday night, Hurts was spotted with former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at a Maryland-Indiana game. Locksley was named Maryland’s new head coach.

A day later, Hurts was on Oklahoma’s campus, according to Sooner Scoop.

In addition to Maryland and Oklahoma, Hurts has also been connected to Miami.

Hurts was Alabama’s starter as a true freshman in 2016 and took them to the national championship, where they lost to Clemson. A year later he started over Tua Tagovailoa until being relieved by the backup in the second half of the championship game, where they came back to beat Georgia. Hurts became the backup in 2018, though he saw enough game action to account for 10 touchdowns and help Bama beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Could Jalen Hurts, Dan Enos be package deal at Miami?

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The Miami Hurricanes could be on their way to turning around their football program in a hurry.

Not only have the Canes replaced Mark Richt as head coach with Manny Diaz, but they also hired Dan Enos as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Enos is a former head coach at Central Michigan who spent three years as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas before going to Alabama for the 2018 season. Enos was an associate head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Crimson Tide during their run to the national championship game.

What’s odd is that Enos was believed to be in line to be promoted to Alabama offensive coordinator and is instead heading to Miami for the same role.

There’s something more to this move that needs to be kept in mind. The hiring of Enos could impact Miami’s ability to land a major transfer.

Jalen Hurts is planning to leave Alabama as a graduate transfer. He had already shown interest in Miami prior to the announcement of Enos’ hiring by the program. If he has any interest in continuing with Enos, going to Miami would make perfect sense. Cane Sport says he is set to visit Miami on Sunday.

If the Hurricanes are able to land Hurts along with Enos, they would be in excellent shape for the 2019 season.

Jalen Hurts, Miami appear to have mutual interest

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Jalen Hurts and the Miami Hurricanes appear to have mutual interest.

Hurts has entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Since he graduated in December as a junior, Hurts still has one year of eligibility remaining and could play immediately upon transferring.

With Hurts expected to leave the Alabama program, he should have no shortage of potential suitors. Among them could be Miami. Hurts has followed Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz and tight ends coach Brevin Jordan on Twitter.

Hurts was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide to two appearances in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Hurts was replaced during last year’s title game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, who was named the starter for the 2018 season.

Miami landing Hurts would be a huge get for Diaz and his coaching staff. However, Diaz will have to make quite the recruiting pitch because Hurts will be a wanted man, as reports say Oklahoma and Florida State are also on Hurts’ list.

Jalen Hurts reportedly enters name in NCAA transfer portal

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts remained loyal to Nick Saban and Alabama even after he lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa last season, but we may see him playing for a different program in 2019.

According to multiple reports, Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. While that does not necessarily mean the quarterback is leaving Alabama, it gives other schools permission to contact him.

Hurts has one year of eligibility remaining, but he would be eligible to play immediately at a new school as a graduate transfer. He graduated from Alabama in December, which was remarkably only midway through his junior year. Hurts received a standing ovation while walking across the stage to get his diploma.

There was speculation that Hurts could take a redshirt year this past season to preserve an additional year of eligibility, but he did not end up doing that. In fact, he played a big role in Alabama’s win over Georgia in the SEC Championship after Tagovailoa got hurt, and many felt the Tide could have used him during their blowout loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game.

Hurts was critical of Alabama’s coaching staff for the way they handled the team’s quarterback situation this past year, so it is not a surprise that he is exploring other possibilities. With Tagovailoa returning in 2019, Hurts’ best shot at playing in the NFL is to start for another school next season.

Watch: Jalen Hurts receives standing ovation at Alabama graduation

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Jalen Hurts received some excellent recognition during the University of Alabama’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Hurts incredibly graduated midway through his junior year. When he walked across the stage to receive his diploma, the Crimson Tide quarterback received loud cheers and a standing ovation from many in attendance.

Though Hurts deserves the recognition just for his academic accomplishment, his decision to remain at Alabama rather than transfer, and his redemption in the SEC Championship Game probably led to the loud cheers.

Hurts is a model for how to handle adversity by persevering, being a great teammate, and shining when you get your moment. He is a champion both on and off the field.

H/T The Spun

Watch: Nick Saban chokes up after Jalen Hurts leads comeback

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Nick Saban broke character and showed true emotions after Alabama came back to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, and all it took was a storybook comeback.

Jalen Hurts entered the game for Alabama against Georgia in the fourth quarter after Tua Tagovailoa got hurt. All he did was lead the team on two touchdown drives to take the lead and win the game 35-28. It was a complete reversal of last season’s national championship game where Hurts was benched after struggling against the same opponent in the same building and Tua relieved him and led the team to victory in the second half.

Thinking about all that made Saban choke up in his postgame interview.

Hurts could have left Bama. He could have transferred. Saban could have lost faith in him. Instead, he stayed with the program, stuck with them, Saban played him regularly throughout the season, and it all paid off. What an incredible story and great example for how to handle adversity.