The Oklahoma Sooners have graduated two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks the last two seasons. Now, they’ve picked up a former SEC player of the year in Jalen Hurts, the former star quarterback at Alabama.
Hurts lost his starting job when Tua Tagovailoa took over for him in the national championship game two years ago. Tagovailoa never looked back, retaining the starting position and putting up one of the best seasons in college football history.
With one year left of eligibility, Hurts hopes to earn the starting job and lead the Sooners to another playoff berth. While not the passer the previous two OU quarterbacks are, he is a strong leader, a great runner, and most importantly he’s a winner, going 26-2 as a starter at Alabama.
Meanwhile, coach Lincoln Riley is taking heat for blocking Austin Kendall from transferring to West Virginia. Kendall was Kyler Murray’s backup last year and was the frontrunner to take over this coming season behind center. When word came in that Riley was pursuing Hurts, Kendall pulled out of classes and started looking for a new home. Riley took exception to the move to fellow Big 12 powerhouse West Virginia, so he’s attempting to block the transfer.
Public response hasn’t been positive. It’s very possible Riley could reverse his decision due to the pressure on him for not allowing Kendall the opportunity to earn a starting role somewhere else.
Can the Sooners continue their winning ways with a third star quarterback in three seasons? We’ll find out when football season rolls around.