Ex-Alabama QB Jalen Hurts picks Oklahoma over Maryland, Miami
Jalen Hurts is on his way to Oklahoma.
The former Alabama starting quarterback was expected to pick one of three schools after deciding to leave Tuscaloosa: Miami, Oklahoma or Maryland. On Wednesday afternoon, Hurts made his announcement official, writing a column for The Players Tribune.
Hurts praised the coaches, fans and teammates at Alabama and had nothing but complimentary things to say about the program. Later in his story, the quarterback revealed that Norman, Oklahoma would be his next stop.
From The Players Tribune:
Now, I’m an alumnus of the University of Alabama.
Now I’m Bama for LIFE — and that right there will never change!
But now it’s also time for me to start a new chapter in my story.
I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student.
Hurts was the starting quarterback for Alabama in 2016 and 2017, but lost his job as the top gunslinger after Tua Tagovailoa’s performance in the College Football Playoff a year ago. Though he played sparingly in 2018, Hurts never returned as the starter for the Crimson Tide.
In two seasons as the starter, Hurts posted a 27-2 record, leading Alabama to an SEC title in 2016 and guiding them to a national championship in 2017. Hurts did play in 13 games for the Crimson Tide this season, completing 51-of-70 passes for 765 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 167 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
For his career at Alabama, Hurts threw for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,976 yards and 23 scores.
Hurts will have big shoes to fill at Oklahoma, stepping into a position where his two predecessors were Heisman Trophy winners. Baker Mayfield claimed the award following the 2017 season and Kyler Murray was this year’s winner.
With Hurts in the mix, Oklahoma is an instant contender in the Big XII and College Football Playoff again in 2019.