NORMAN — Lincoln Riley has announced that Alabama transfer-quarterback Jalen Hurts has been named the starting quarterback.
The news came a little past noon on Monday. This was following Sunday’s scrimmage, the Sooners’ second in the last week.
The Houston native heads into the season following in the footsteps of Heisman Trophy winners and number one overall picks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. Hurts is no stranger to big moments and pressure. The senior quarterback is 26-2 as a starter going back to the 2016 season with the Crimson Tide — his freshman year. He is a 63 percent career passer and has amassed 48 passing touchdown passes to only 12 interceptions to go along with 23 rushing scores and nearly 2000 yards rushing. He registered over 7600 total yards.
Hurts has won two SEC title games — one as a starter in 2016 and one coming off the bench last season. He led Alabama to the national title game in 2016 where the Crimson Tide fell to Clemson late.
With two weeks to prepare for the University of Houston, Hurts will now enjoy the brunt of Riley’s offense with the first-teamers in practice.
It is unknown if Tanner Mordecai or true freshman Spencer Rattler will back up Hurts in the event of injury.
LISTEN: Rufus Alexander and Brady Trantham react to the Jalen Hurts news from the ‘Inside OU’ podcast (around 13:10 mark). Available anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports