This year’s college football offseason can certainly be deemed the offseason of the high-level transfer quarterback.
From Jalen Hurts’ move from Alabama to Oklahoma, to Tate Martell’s move from Ohio State to Miami to Justin Fields’ move from Georgia to Ohio State, we’ve had a ton of movement at the quarterback position.
Which move will end up being the most-impactful?
ESPN has released its new quarterback transfer power rankings.
According to the Worldwide Leader, the most-important move was Jalen Hurts’ transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma.
1. Jalen Hurts (Alabama to Oklahoma)
The past two quarterbacks who transferred to Oklahoma — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — won the Heisman Trophy and guided the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. Those two are considered stronger passers than Hurts, but he wasn’t the first freshman to start at quarterback for Nick Saban by accident. Hurts went 26-2 as a starter, set an Alabama quarterback record with 23 rushing touchdowns and came off the bench to save the Tide in a 35-28 victory over Georgia in the 2018 SEC championship game. Few coaches handle quarterbacks better than OU’s Lincoln Riley, and there’s enough talent returning for Hurts to have big success in his only season with the Sooners.
It’s hard to argue with that.
Hurts, of course, is a former starting quarterback at Alabama, where he led the Crimson Tide to multiple national title games. He lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, but played well in backup duty for Nick Saban’s program.
Oklahoma has had some serious success with transfer quarterbacks in the past, as both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray transferred into the Sooners’ program.
It wouldn’t be too surprising if another transfer quarterback (Justin Fields at Ohio State, Jacob Eason at Washington) ends up having a better season than Hurts, though.