Alabama gets blown out in the National Championship game, and now they don’t have a (great) backup QB. Today, Jalen Hurts announced that he is transferring to Oklahoma to play for Lincoln Riley and the Sooners.
Honestly, this is no surprise with Kyler Murray going to the NFL. Plus his backup Austin Kendall, has withdrawn from classes and plans to leave Oklahoma.
The Sooners have two other QB’s to give Hurts some competition. Redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler are also candidates for the job with Murray leaving.
Hurts reportedly visited Maryland and Miami before committing to Oklahoma.
As I mentioned above, Austin Kendall, who was Murray’s backup, is committed to leaving OU and going to West Virginia. However, under the new transfer rule, Kendall can talk to Mountaineers coaches and is free to transfer to the school, but Oklahoma still reserves the right under NCAA rules to keep Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia.
Kendall can still transfer, but he will have to sit out next season, which would leave him with one year of eligibility left.
I personally think these transfer rules are ridiculous. The SEC has already passed a rule where if a player transfers but stays in the SEC, he’s immediately eligible the next season. I also hate them because the coaches can talk to anyone and take any job, while the players are held hostage, yet coaches always complain about kids transferring.
It isn’t fair — Oklahoma had Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and now Jalen Hurts? Cherish these times Sooner fans, because you are lucky.