Ex Alabama QB Jalen Hurts named Oklahoma starter for opener

Sooners Head Coach Lincoln Riley has named his starting quarterback for the 2019 season and it is Jalen Hurts. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14.

It's the second high-profile quarterback announcement of the day.

No. 4 Oklahoma has named Jalen Hurts its starting quarterback for the September 1 season opener against Houston. Before transferring from Alabama, he played in three national title games.

Hurts went 26-2 as Alabama's starter, but lost the position to Tua Tagovailoa last season. Mayfield and Murray, whose passing efficiency was some of the best in college football history.

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Hurts, a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining, beat out highly touted true freshman Spencer Rattler and redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai for the job.

Perhaps most importantly, in a transfer such as this, Hurts is also the type of player who immediately gained the respect of the Okahoma locker room. Though he was not much of a Heisman contender at Alabama, he is now on the award's shortlist.

In his career, Hurts has completed 62.9% of his passes while throwing 48 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He has rushed for 1,923 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

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