Alabama fans don’t get to claim Jalen Hurts, who shined at OU
We need a verdict on which schools will claim which players now as college players are transferring at record rates. Is that where the player ends his career? A lot of the thing about being a college football fan is measuring your program against others, and one of the ways we do that is by showing all the alumni in the college. NFL. I saw some commentators in Tuscaloosa writing in support of Jalen Injured the column, and almost spat.
Now I’m giving my verdict: Unless a player ends his career at your school, you won’t be asking for him. Apologies to NC State fans and Virginia Tech supporters.
There are plenty of reasons why Alabama fans don’t get credit for the Hurts. None of them will take away his time there. Those die-hard fans have supported him, and he’s done a lot in crimson and white.
All that said: Where does greed end?
You can’t spell superfluous without SEC
How many national titles and Heisman Cup winners are enough? Tide fans who engage in any conversation are so pleased they can’t help pulling out their large trophy case and placing it on the table. I wonder why they’re wearing pants.
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DeVonta Smith is already on the Eagles. Alabama is represented. Stop jumping on Hurts’ jock just because Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones aren’t future Hall of Famers. Nick Saban picked Tua over Jalen, and even though Saban told Hurts to take the OU job, Hurts was regressing under the Tide’s coaching staff.
Lincoln Riley saved Hurts career, not Saban’s altruism
Alabama’s calling card has always been defense. Saban eventually figured out the offensive revolution through high-grade O-coordinators, but the Tide used to lean on the ground game a lot more than they currently do. There was a whole host of game managers before Hurts — your AJ McCarrons and Greg McIlroys — and that’s more or less how the future Super Bowl quarterback was asked to operate at Alabama.
Bama fans look back fondly on Hurts because he was gracious when Tagovailoa took over QB1 duties, but Tua’s greatness wasn’t the only reason supporters so readily moved on from Hurts. A year after throwing for 2,700 yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman, Hurts barely broke the 2,000-yard mark as a sophomore and never threw the ball more than 24 times in a game.
He attempted 23 passes in his first game as a Sooner, and went on to amass 3,800 yards in the air and another 1,200 on the ground for 53 total scores (32 passing, 20 rushing, one receiving). He finished second in the Heisman voting in his one lone season at Oklahoma, and probably would’ve been Lincoln Riley’s fourth protege to win it if not for Joe Burrow’s insane senior year at LSU.
Sooner fans don’t have a lot — give them this
Oklahoma just with first subtitle.500 seasons since John Blake As the coach, Brent Venablers couldn’t find his defensive magic in his folds, and their eventual coach-QB combination won a Heisman and brought a damaged hammock. injured out of the College Football Qualifiers. (Honestly, I don’t feel bad for the OU loyalists. They’ve had a great run in recent years. But I don’t like Alabama, so anything reinforces that. my argument.)
The SEC is about to merge with the OU trophy box anyway, so Hurts will be a convention franchise as long as he stays in the NFL. And that seems like a long, long time.
Maybe even long enough for me to stop hating Alabama, though I doubt it.