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Sporting News: Jalen Hurts’ debut for Oklahoma the start of fantastic new chapter in QB’s story

Sporting News: Jalen Hurts’ debut for Oklahoma the start of fantastic new chapter in QB’s story

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs the ball against Houston during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

NORMAN — It’s a small sample size, and the only data to go on – a terribly porous opposing defense – shouldn’t be considered all that reliable.

But early indications suggest Jalen Hurts will be just fine as the Oklahoma quarterback.

In fact, after the No. 4-ranked Sooners pounded Houston 49-31 on Sunday night at Memorial Stadium, it’s not preposterous to suggest Hurts has begun to take his place in Lincoln Riley’s abbreviated pantheon of great quarterbacks. Maybe even a Heisman trip to New York?

Easy to put the schooner before the Shetland here, but for one game, at least, Hurts was that good.

“He played good. He played good,” coach Lincoln Riley said. “Several things he can do better. Thought he handled the moment good. You could tell out there that he’d been in it. I’m sure he had some nerves, but he did a sound job managing the game well.”

Hurts, the senior graduate transfer from Alabama, played more than good. He rushed for 176 yards – second-most in school history for a quarterback (behind Thomas Lott’s mark of 195 set in 1976) at a school where Lott and the rest of Barry Switzer’s wishbone wizards mastered the triple-option.

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John Hoover

John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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