Jalen Hurts isn’t intimidated by the big stage in Oklahoma

By Amber Lee
AlabamaFootballChampionship

Jalen Hurts understands the pressure he’s facing at Oklahoma.

The former Alabama quarterback, who transferred to the Sooners this offseason, is replacing Kyler Murray, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner. And Murray, of course, replaced Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman winner.

But Hurts is up for the challenge, as he said Wednesday, per Jake Trotter of ESPN.com:

“I think I clearly understood what I got myself into, but I also know I have expectations for myself. This whole situation is unique. Everything about it is unique. For me, I know it’s happening to a unique person. I’m not your average Joe. I’m built for these types of situations. Never really been anything in my way I couldn’t overcome, or see through. I’m here to do whatever I can to help this team in any way, to achieve the things we want to achieve as a team.”

Hurts was Alabama’s starter in his first two seasons, going 26-2 while throwing for 4,861 yards, rushing for another 1,809 yards and combining for 61 touchdowns. He was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the College Football Playoff Championship game two seasons ago and never regained his starting position.

He did play a big part in helping the team reach the College Football Playoff last year, however, replacing an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC title game and leading Alabama to two touchdowns in a comeback victory over Georgia.

There’s little question that Hurts can perform on the big stage—he helped Alabama reach three consecutive national championship games.

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