After three seasons at Alabama, Jalen Hurts transferred and is now the starting quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners. With only a few days to go until his Oklahoma debut against Houston, he explained his mindset for the new year.
Speaking to the New York Post, Hurts explained that his past success at Alabama doesn't mean much to his current goals. He made it clear that he sees Oklahoma as "a different team on the same mission" - to win a national title.
“My past success, the things I have done and achieved, those don’t help us win any games (at Oklahoma) in the fall... I’m wiser... Better. I’m stronger for it with everything that happened last year, and over the last three years. Obviously, I didn’t get the snaps. I had limited time there, but I’m at a new place now. New opportunity. I think it’s a different team on the same mission.”
Hurts ended up in arguably the most ideal spot for any college quarterback. Oklahoma has produced two straight Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks and has been to two straight College Football Playoffs.
The sports books are well-aware of that fact, and have installed Hurts as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites.
In his first two seasons as Alabama, Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the National Championship Game. But he lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa last year, and entered the transfer portal at the end of the season.
The Sooners are still chasing their first win in the CFP, and may have a leg up on their previous teams with Hurt's experience.
Will Hurts lead Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff in 2019?