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Nick Saban Reacts To How Jalen Hurts Is Playing At Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban celebrate thier win after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban celebrate thier win after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

This offseason, Jalen Hurts made the decision to grad transfer to Oklahoma for this final collegiate season. He has not regretted that move one bit.

Through seven games, Hurts is firmly in the Heisman Trophy conversation. He's completing 74 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,074 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Additionally, Hurts leads the Sooners in rushing yards (705) and rushing touchdowns (10), indicating he's been every bit the dual-threat OU fans hoped he would be.

Even though Nick Saban chose Tua Tagovailoa as his starting quarterback over Hurts in 2018, he's not surprised by his former pupil's success.

Appearing on "Golic and Wingo" yesterday, Saban was effusive in his praise of Hurts.

Transcript via 247Sports:

“Doesn’t surprise me at all,” Saban said when asked about how Hurts is thriving under Lincoln Riley in Norman. “Jalen is a very mature guy. Great competitor, unique skillset, and improved dramatically last year when he wasn’t playing as a passer. Because he worked at it, he had a good coach, and he knew that was something that he needed to get better at, and it doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m actually happy for the guy. There’s never been a guy that -- anywhere in college football -- that did things more correctly and set a better example as a leader than Jalen Hurts did while he was here by staying here after he was replaced as a starter. I have the utmost respect for this guy as a person and as a competitor. I’m glad to see him doing well.”

Oklahoma played Alabama in last year's College Football Playoff semifinals. When the first playoff rankings come out in less than two weeks, both teams could be listed in the top four.

It would be a treat for fans to see an OU-Alabama rematch in the postseason this year, with Hurts and Tua going head-to-head.