Sports Illustrated Names The “Frontrunner” For QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)A new “frontrunner” has been named for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose name has been entered into the NCAA’s transfer portal.According to the betting odds, Houston is the favorite to land Hurts, who’s a native of Texas.Sports Illustrated, though, sees another program as the leading contender for the Crimson Tide quarterback.That program: Oklahoma.The Sooners are expected to lose quarterback Kyler Murray and, while they have some major talent behind Murray, none of it is experienced.Jalen Hurts is officially in the transfer portal—where might he play in 2019? https://t.co/LRNAO2VXhE— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 9, 2019From SI.com:This seems like an obvious choice. Oklahoma is used to grooming transfer QBs into Heisman Trophy winners and College Football Playoff contenders after all. All Lincoln Riley needs to do if Hurts is skeptical is have him get on the phone with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Hurts may not be as explosive in the downfield passing game like Tagovailoa, or have as quick of a release as Murray, but he’s a running threat who doesn’t make mistakes. Riley is a proven offensive guru who garnered NFL interest. The Sooners have led the country in total offense and offensive efficiency in the two years he’s been head coach. Snagging Hurts—and assuming he beats out former four-star Austin Kendall for the starting job—would essentially guarantee OU to have a lethal scoring offense again next year. It could also mean Hurts ends up competing against Tagovailoa again next season: be it for the Heisman or in the playoff.Hurts still hasn’t officially decided to transfer from Alabama, though, so all options seem to be on the table. It’s probably too soon to project where Hurts will actually end up.last_img read more