For the third straight year, Oklahoma will break in a new star quarterback. Jalen Hurts is expected to take over as the starter after transferring in from Alabama.
With the Crimson Tide, he was an SEC Player of the Year and All-Conference performer. Now he's tasked with picking up the mantle from back-to-back Heisman winners.
We're five practices in to the spring session for Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts met with the media today to discuss how his acclimation with the program is coming along.
A major theme from today's media session is how Jalen Hurts and head coach Lincoln Riley are connecting.
He says the two have clicked quickly, though Riley has acknowledged that nothing will be handed to the former Crimson Tide star.
From 247's Joey Helmer:
Hurts is known as a tremendous leader, which was apparent both as a starter at Alabama, and after he lost his job to Tua Tagovailoa. That will be a big part of his contribution to the Sooners team.
He'll obviously be compared to Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, but Hurts says he's his own man. However, he won't be afraid to pick their brains:
Riley's offensive system is different than what Hurts is used to from Alabama, but as he acknowledged, he has had new offensive coordinators almost every year that he's been in college, so he's used to that type of change.
Given the success Riley has had with a number of quarterbacks now, it won't be hard to sell Hurts or anyone on trusting the system.