To Beat Texas, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts Must Overcome First-Year Red River Jinx

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October 7, 2019

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It seems like Jalen Hurts was born to withstand the heat of high-stakes college football.

He hasn’t been through anything of the sort in an Oklahoma uniform yet, but that changes this week. He and the sixth-ranked Sooners will test an odd but immutable statistic against No. 11 Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday — one that stretches back a generation, and has taken down some of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history. (READ MORE) by John E. Hoover | Sporting News

During his time at Alabama, Jalen Hurts played in national championship games, SEC title games, the Iron Bowl and other big-time rivalry games.

Now at Oklahoma, you’d think he’d get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to playing in big matchups, but someone still asked him about his first Red River Rivalry experience, which will take place next week when Oklahoma and Texas square off. (READ MORE) by Adam Spencer | Saturday Down South

Former Heisman-winning quarterback Matt Leinart is thoroughly impressed with one signal caller nearing the midseason point this season.

Now an analyst for Fox Sports, Leinart placed Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts at the top of his list after watching the dual-threat star shred defenses early for the Sooners in Lincoln Riley’s quarterback-friendly scheme.

“After the (win over Texas Tech), he’s getting a workout in with his strength coach. It just shows how dedicated he is and the mission that he is on,” Leinart said. “I guarantee you this: Oklahoma is going to win the Big 12, and if they get into the College Football Playoff, you better believe there is a great opportunity that Jalen Hurts will be the next Heisman Trophy winner.” (READ MORE) by Brad Crawford | 247 Sports

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