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Jalen Hurts says it would be ‘outright wrong’ to not consult Kyler, Baker
By Michelle R. Martinelli March 28, 2019 9:05 am
By: Michelle R. Martinelli | March 28, 2019 9:05 am
Jalen Hurts is starting over with a new coach and program as a grad transfer at Oklahoma. The former Alabama quarterback led the Crimson Tide to a 26-2 record as a starter, and now, he’s with a new team that has produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murry.
Mayfield, of course, also went on to be the No. 1 NFL Draft pick with the Cleveland Browns, and it’s possible Murray could be the top pick as well.
Like Hurts, Mayfield and Murray both transferred to Oklahoma, but Hurts might have an advantage in adjusting to a new program because of his three years of experience playing for Alabama — two as a starter. Mayfield and Murray ultimately led the Sooners’ lethal offense, and should Hurts be able to similarly adapt, he could make history and help Oklahoma become the first school to have three different, consecutive Heisman winners.
In his first media appearance since transferring, Hurts explained how he wants to lead the team as a new quarterback, but he won’t shy away from reaching out to Mayfield and Murray. He said, via ESPN:
“I think I hold myself to a high standard. I have expectations for myself, and I’d be outright wrong to not pick Kyler’s brain, you know, pick Baker’s brain to learn as much as I can learn, so I can make the most of this situation. …
“I don’t want to get into comparisons. Baker’s Baker, Kyler’s Kyler and I’m me. So I think the objective of all of this is: Yeah, everybody wants to achieve their goals, everybody wants to do those things. But right now, it’s not about me. I’m stepping back from it. The biggest thing about this thing is achieving what we want as a team, getting what we want accomplished as a team, doing what we want as a team.”
Despite Lincoln Riley’s success in his first two years as Oklahoma’s head coach — two Heisman winners plus two trips to the College Football Playoff — Hurts is still shifting from 67-year-old veteran Nick Saban, arguably the greatest college coach of all time, to a 35-year-old relatively new coach. Putting their resumes aside, Hurts explained that they still hold their teams to the same standard and with the same expectations, adding: “They’re both great, dang good coaches.”
Although Hurts was Alabama’s starter in 2016 and 2017, he was benched during halftime of the 2017-18 national championship game after an uncharacteristically poor performance in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. He ultimately lost the starting job for the 2018-19 season, but he led the Crimson Tide to an incredible comeback win over Georgia in the SEC championship game after Tagovailoa was injured.
When asked what he gained from his experience on the bench last season, Hurts said:
“I think I’m wiser, I’m better, stronger for everything that took course last year and over the last three years. I definitely know that obviously I didn’t get the snaps, I had limited time there, but I’m at a new place now, new opportunity.
“Think it’s a different team on the same mission. Two and a half months ago, I was preparing to play in the national championship game, so understanding that we’re on pace to be where we want to be, but it’s a process to it. It doesn’t happen overnight.”
Michelle R. Martinelli
Michelle is a writer at FTW, covering NASCAR and other sports. She once ran a 10k just because the finish line was home plate at Comerica Park.
SOURCE: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/03/jalen-hurts-oklahoma-kyler-murray-baker-mayfield#What time is it in alabama usa right now & #Video