QB Jalen Hurts announces transfer from Alabama to OU

Ruben Holloway
January 20, 2019

West Virginia University's football program announced that former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall has officially transferred into the program. He becomes the latest in an impressive run of transfer quarterbacks, following 2017 Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield and 2018 Heisman victor Kyler Murray.

In his piece in The Players Tribune, where he thanked Alabama for what he experienced there, both as an athlete and an accomplished student who earned his degree in three years, he also discussed his next chapter after deciding to transfer to Oklahoma.

Hurts appeared in all but two games this season, including the SEC Championship when he stepped up to lead Alabama to victory over Georgia after Tagovailoa suffered an injury. Hurts played mop-up duty in a 44-16 defeat.

Quarterback transfers are the new norm in college football.

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Kendall would have had to sit out the upcoming season, leaving him with only year of eligibility remaining.

Kyler Murray transferred to the Sooners from Texas A&M, and put together an even better season than Mayfield in his lone year under Riley.

Hurts cemented himself as an Alabama legend, and became an inspiration for kids everywhere due to his selflessness. He completed 51 of 70 passes for 765 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions, and he rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Over three seasons, Hurts has combined for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns through the air while tallying a combined 1,976 yards and 23 scores on the ground. Locksley is facing a rebuilding job at Maryland, and in a division with Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State, the one-year addition of Hurts wasn't likely to push them toward the top of the division this year.

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"The most obvious notable example is Jalen Hurts because we need more guys like him", Riley said.

Orchestrating Oklahoma's aerial assault next year, it's not a stretch of the imagination to see him at the Heisman ceremony alongside his former teammate, Tagovailoa, and Clemson's golden boy Trevor Lawrence.

What could be working in the Horns favor, and the rest of the Big 12 teams not named Oklahoma, is the track record of inconsistency and inaccuracy for Jalen Hurts in the Alabama passing game.

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