“No days off” is a pretty common refrain for star athletes. For Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, “no hours off” may be more apt.
Before he ever played a snap for the Sooners, his new team found out at least one thing: the man is a workout warrior. The high school powerlifter proved as much with a viral squat video when he got to OU back in February.
Now, the former Alabama quarterback has the supercharged Sooner stats to match. Through two starts, Hurts is 34-for-41 for 591 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’s on pace for career best numbers though the air, and he hasn’t been a slouch on the ground either.
The dual-threat QB has 24 rushes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Houston and South Dakota aren’t the most daunting defenses to face, but Hurts is on pace for a 3,500/1,300 yard regular season, without counting any likely post-season games.
After Saturday’s 70-14 win over South Dakota, most players probably hung out and enjoying the win. Hurts went to the training facility for a workout.
From Bennie Wylie’s Instagram:
Jalen Hurts going through a workout after the game. Dude doesn’t stop. pic.twitter.com/PGPyUOdSf3
— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) September 8, 2019
Hurts was asked about what spurned on that Saturday night workout. His answer: he had it on his mind to “get more work in.”
Immediately after OU's 70-14 win over South Dakota Saturday night, #Sooners QB Jalen Hurts went to the weight room. He said he had something on his mind. When asked what that was: "Getting more work in."
— Caleb McCourry (@CalebMac21) September 9, 2019
Jalen Hurts has seemed unbelievably focused on proving himself as an elite quarterback since making the move from Alabama to Oklahoma. Head coach Lincoln Riley has gotten plenty of deserved credit for what he’s done with guys like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Clearly, his offense puts QBs in a position to shine.
Still, you can’t take away any credit from Hurts, either. To step in to a very different program in February, win the starting job, and display at least early mastery of a brand new offense is incredibly impressive, and Hurts’ work ethic has to play a large part there.