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Jalen Hurts Has Quickly Become One Of Oklahoma Football's Team Leaders

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Could Oklahoma become the first school to have a Heisman trophy winner in three straight seasons? With newly-arrived quarterback Jalen Hurts joining the team, it's certainly a possibility.

In a feature by ESPN, several Oklahoma players revealed that Hurts is already becoming one of the team's leaders, just months after arriving on campus.

Hurts' words carry weight already, given his success at Alabama. Defensive back Tre Norwood noted that players listen to Hurts intently.

"People just listen to him when he speaks," defensive back Tre Norwood said. "When he's talking, you can tell everybody's locked in because whatever he's going to say, it's going to be good."

Writer Jake Trotter calls the speed with which Hurts assumed a leadership role at a powerhouse program like Oklahoma "unprecedented."

Head coach Lincoln Riley similarly spoke glowingly about his new quarterback. He complimented Hurts' maturity and referred to him as "an old soul."

"Jalen's kind of an old soul," said Riley, who is 35 years old. "When you're sitting there talking to him, you don't feel like you're talking to a young man. Hell, I feel like he's older than me talking to him, honestly."

Hurts joins the Sooners after losing his starting job at Alabama to Tua Tagovailoa last season.

As a freshman in 2017, Hurts was Alabama's starter and the led team to the national title game against Georgia but was benched at halftime. Tagovailoa won that game and proceeded to win the starting job the following year.

Hurts, who remains in a quarterback battle with Tanner Mordecai, joins an Oklahoma team that has been one of the top offenses in the country since Lincoln Riley took over. The past two Heisman trophy winners, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, have put up historic numbers for the Sooners.

Could Hurts make it three in a row?

[ESPN]