Jalen Hurts discusses allegiances to Alabama, Oklahoma: 'I have so much love for both of them'
Jalen Hurts spent most of his college career at Alabama. However, he had his best college season after transferring to Oklahoma. So while he had more time with the Crimson Tide, he had a special year with the Sooners.
So, what would happen now if Hurts was watching college football on a Saturday and Alabama and Oklahoma were playing at the same time? Which school would he watch?
Hurts was asked just that during his appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday. And he was a bit indecisive with his response.
“I’m flipping back and forth,” Hurts said on the show.
Fortunately for Hurts, he got to watch both his former teams win on Saturday. First, Oklahoma opened its season with a 40-35 win over Tulane. After that, Alabama defeated Miami, 44-13.
Patrick then posed another question to Hurts: What if Alabama and Oklahoma were going head-to-head and both Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley wanted to discuss the matchup with him? Who would Hurts call back first?
“I can’t put them on 3-way, I can’t do that. But I’d definitely talk to them both,” Hurts told Patrick. “The beautiful thing about both of those schools is I have so much love for both of them. I made great memories at both universities. I have a lot of respect for both coaches and what they do and what they stand for, so I’ve got to say, I’ve got the best of both worlds.”
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Hurts was the starter for the Crimson Tide for 2 seasons, before he ended up as the backup to Tua Tagavailoa during his junior season in 2018. That led to Hurts’ decision to transfer to Oklahoma, where he passed for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019.
“When I left Alabama, I wanted to leave the right way. I wanted to get my degree, I wanted to graduate and I felt that was very important for me,” Hurts said. “I got that, and honestly, Coach Saban, we talked. He wasn’t the reason I made the decision I made. But the fact that he was honest and gave me a helping hand with the process and stuff like that, he wanted to see me succeed and sign. He encouraged me to go to the school with the best players, and that was Oklahoma.”
Now, Hurts is set up for more success as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles entering his second NFL season. He flashed his potential with limited action as a rookie in 2020, and now, he’ll look to build off that moving forward.
Hurts and the Eagles open the 2021 season with a road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.