Jalen Hurts’ future at Oklahoma is not set in stone.
After transferring from Alabama, the place he had 28 profession begins, to Oklahoma to be able to be the Sooners beginning quarterback, coach Lincoln Riley stated Hurts nonetheless has to earn his place underneath heart.
“He’s gotta win the job first,” Riley stated at Massive 12 media days at AT&T Stadium, through ESPN. “If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that.”
Hurts shall be taking part in as a graduate switch after spending three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He put collectively a 26-2 file as their starter however didn’t begin in 2018, giving option to Tua Tagovailoa.
Now with the Sooners, Hurts shall be competing with redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler for the job.
“One of them’s got to go win it,” Riley stated. “We’ve got an interesting dynamic in there with Jalen as an older, more experienced guy that’s been through a lot of battles, and we’ve got some very young, talented players in there with a chance to make a name for themselves. It’s really, truly, ‘May the best man win.'”
Riley has a knack for quarterback transfers after Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray received consecutive Heisman trophies with the staff earlier than each have been back-to-back prime total NFL draft alternatives.
Hurts has accomplished 62.9% of his passes and thrown for 48 touchdowns, together with 12 interceptions, throughout his collegiate profession. He has additionally added 23 dashing touchdowns.
“My past success, the things I have done and achieved, those don’t help us win any games (at Oklahoma) in the fall,” Hurts beforehand stated in his first media look after saying his switch. “I think the biggest thing for us is creating an identity for ourselves, finding out who we are as a team and then, ultimately, playing ball and getting things done in all phases of the organization this year.”