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His Start Was Bad and His Debut Uneven, But Jackson Arnold Hung in to Show ‘He’s a Baller’

The Sooners’ new starting quarterback overcame some early adversity and took control of the Alamo Bowl before things got away from him late.

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SAN ANTONIO — Jackson Arnold grew up on Thursday night.

The one-time wunderkind quarterback, a can’t-miss 5-star prospect who chose Oklahoma and by the end of his first year in Norman was the Sooners’ starting QB, encountered and overcame a multitude of adversity against Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

Arnold was equal parts bad and good in his first career start, just as much raw freshman as he was Johnny Fivestar, three crippling interceptions and two dazzling touchdowns, a steady diet of self-inflicted wounds early and late and two quarters of really strong football in between.

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