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Lincoln Riley Has Great Comment On New QB Jalen Hurts

A closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing a grey Oklahoma sweater before a game.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma will turn its offense over to yet another transfer in 2019. While Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray had to sit out a season before becoming eligible as traditional transfers, Jalen Hurts can play right away.

Hurts is a graduate transfer from Alabama, and he'll have a shot to be the latest quarterback to put up big numbers under Lincoln Riley in Norman.

Riley seems to be enjoying his new QB. They already appear to have a connection.

In fact, the 35-year-old Riley joked that Hurts sometimes seems older than him.

If Hurts does seem wise beyond his years, it is probably because he's been through it all in his first three seasons of college football.

From taking over as a freshman and getting to a national title game and losing, to being replaced in the championship game as a sophomore by freshman Tua Tagovailoa, to coming off the bench to save the Crimson Tide in this year's SEC Championship Game against Georgia, Hurts has carried himself the same way throughout.

At the very least, that maturity should be an important asset for an OU team that will have its third different starting quarterback in the last three seasons in 2019.