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Urban Meyer Has Massive Praise For Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Another Saturday, another massive Jalen Hurts performance for Oklahoma. The former Alabama signal caller was dynamite through a half for the Sooners against Texas Tech today, with 366 total yards and three touchdowns.

He added to that effort a bit in the second half before taking a seat, with Oklahoma up big. He finished with 415 yards passing and 70 yards rushing, and four total touchdowns. He did throw his first interception as a Sooner, but the Red Raiders could only take advantage with a field goal.

Oklahoma wound up with a 55-16 win. After the game, one media member that has a lot of experience with great dual threat quarterbacks heaped praise on Hurts: former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer, now with FOX Sports, promoted Hurts' Heisman candidacy, saying he's putting together one of the best seasons he's ever seen for a dual-threat quarterback. Meyer coached guys like Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller, and J.T. Barrett, who could get the job done with their arms and legs, so it doesn't come as light praise.

Meyer's comments on FOX after OU's win, via 247Sports:

The now-FOX Sports analyst’s comments came after fellow analyst Reggie Bush called Hurts the “total package” and added, “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I like his chances to win the Heisman Trophy this year.”

“Statistically when you were a running back, we had Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott), or the great backs or a Percy Harvin or Parris Campbell, you’d always do the yards after contact, yards after contact. When you had a scrambling quarterback, you did the yards after the play breaks down,” Meyer responded. “He’s unbelievable. I mean, this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. You hold your breath when he breaks the pocket.

“So yes, he’s great when things are the way it’s supposed to be,” Meyer said. “He’s even better when he’s not [in those perfect situations]. He doesn’t look like he’s straining, but nobody catches him. He never gets sacked. Unbelievable.”

Through four games, Hurts has thrown for 1,295 yards, completing over 77-percent of his throws for an impressive 15.2 yards per attempt. He has 12 touchdowns, and just the one interception. He also remains deadly on the ground, with 443 yards and five touchdowns (9.53 yards per carry).

After the game, Jalen Hurts continued his tradition of getting right back to the weight room. His focus during his one year in Norman has been incredible.

Once again, his former teammate Tua Tagovailoa may be the one guy standing in his way. The junior sensation entered today's Alabama game with 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. Today, he already has 301 yards and four touchdowns.

However things shake out, it will be really cool to see Tua and Jalen together in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December. It is hard to see a scenario in which they don't both make it, barring an injury or other unfortunate circumstance.