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Dissecting the Jalen Hurts Transfer: How Does This Affect Oklahoma and Alabama?

After spending the last three seasons at Alabama, quarterback Jalen Hurts is transferring to Oklahoma.

Hurts led the Crimson Tide to two straight CFP Championship appearances in his first two seasons as a starter. Hurts was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the second half of the 2018 CFP Championship game against Georgia and played sparingly behind Tagovailoa as a backup this past season.

Shortly after the Clemson Tigers handed Alabama its worst loss ever under head coach Nick Saban, Hurts announced his intentions to leave the program. Hurts visited Miami (Fl) and Maryland before deciding on Oklahoma. Hurts passed over opportunities to play for former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (now head coach at Maryland) and former Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos, now serving as offensive coordinator at Miami (Fl.).

Hurts will fill Oklahoma’s void at quarterback after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. With junior Austin Kendall expected to leave the program, the Sooners will only have two other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster – redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and incoming freshman Spencer Rattler. Hurts is a Heisman-caliber quarterback and Sooners coach Lincoln Riley has a pretty good track record in that regard – the last two Sooners transfer quarterbacks, Murray and Baker Mayfield, brought home the elusive hardware under his tutelage.

Alabama will no longer have a “quarterback question” as they are expected to continue moving forward with Tagovailoa. Hurts has graduated from Alabama and will be able to play immediately. In his three seasons at Alabama, Hurts threw for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns and ran for 1,976 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.

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