Based on what Lincoln Riley has done during his short time as head coach at Oklahoma, where back-to-back starting quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) have won a Heisman Trophy for the Sooners, Jalen Hurts’ decision to finish his playing career in Norman makes a ton of sense.

“I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student,” Hurts announced via The Players’ Tribune.

“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.”

His decision also puts Hurts in discussion to be a Heisman Trophy favorite entering the 2019 season, considering Riley’s history of success coaching quarterbacks. When you factor in that Oklahoma has won four consecutive Big 12 titles, sliding Hurts into the lineup to make up for the loss of Kyler Murray is certainly intriguing.


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Among the immediate reactions, many where connecting the dots to suggest Hurts makes a run at the next Heisman Trophy:

This reaction was interesting, as Rivals’ Mike Farrell offered up an interesting nugget:

Apparently Auburn tried to make a late push for Hurts late in the process:

What is your initial reaction to the Hurts news?