Oklahoma Sooners’ QB Jalen Hurts is a Clear Heisman Favorite with Another Massive Win

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)(Mark J. Terrill / AP)

Jalen Hurts is flourishing at Oklahoma.

The mobile quarterback transfer from Alabama is a brilliant fit with Lincoln Riley and the Sooners’ powerful offense. And the way he’s played through the first few weeks of the 2019 season, it looks like he could be on his way to winning the team’s third Heisman Trophy in three years with three different quarterbacks — which would be a first in Heisman history.

In Oklahoma’s 55-16 win Saturday against Texas Tech, Hurts finished with a career-high 415 passing yards, plus three touchdowns, 70 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. And that was through only three quarters.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound quarterback is famous for his spectacular speed on the ground, which helped carry Alabama to the College Football Playoff in 2016 and 2017 before he served as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup last season. And when he filled in after Tagovailoa went down in the fourth quarter of the 2018 SEC championship game against Georgia, he led the Crimson Tide to an incredible comeback win with 110 total yards and two touchdowns.

And after four games in 2019, Hurts is also Oklahoma’s leading rusher. But his arm is often questioned, with critics saying he can’t actually throw.

Now that he’s a starter again, Hurts is proving why that sentiment isn’t particularly accurate, and one stunning play in the first half against Texas Tech exemplified that.

On third and 17 from the Sooners’ 11-yard line, he connected with Charleston Rambo for a beautiful 74-yard play during Oklahoma’s second touchdown drive of the game.

This season, Hurts now has a 77.65 completion percentage and has thrown for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 443 rushing yards and five more touchdowns. He did, however, throw his first interception of the season early in the third quarter against Texas Tech.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Michelle R. Martinelli