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Jalen Hurts On Being Benched For Tua: "That Day Made Me Who I Am"

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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)

Jalen Hurts was benched for Tua Tagovailoa at halftime during the national title game two years ago. Saturday, ESPN's College GameDay did an incredible sit-down interview with Hurts about what his life has been like since.

Tom Rinaldi talked with Hurts about his journey - asking him what his first reaction was when Alabama head coach Nick Saban told him that Tua was going to start the second half. His response was team-first.

"We've got to win the game, one way or another."

Rinaldi also asked him why he was smiling when he told him his answer.

"That day made me who I am. I wouldn't change it for the world."

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Hurts chose not to transfer after that season, but he did use his graduate transfer option to move on to Oklahoma this year. He's been an absolute machine for the Sooners this year - throwing for 1,758 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Hurts has the Sooners undefeated as they head into a matchup with West Virginia on Saturday. Oklahoma is very possibly headed to the College Football Playoff again. If they met Alabama, it would be a fascinating matchup.