LISTEN: Lincoln Riley discusses how Jalen Hurts is settling in to his new role at Oklahoma
Former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is officially on campus in Norman, and will try to become the starter for the Oklahoma Sooners this fall.
However, most of the Oklahoma coaching staff, including head coach Lincoln Riley, has been out recruiting, with National Signing Day taking place on Wednesday.
Now, though, Riley and his staff are back in town, and on Saturday, Riley joined College Sports Radio on SiriusXM and said he’s been pleased with how well Hurts is fitting in with his new team:
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) February 8, 2019
“He’s been up here a lot at the facility, studying a lot of tape, getting to know his teammates — doing everything he can to get ready for the start of spring ball,” Riley said. “That was sort of the game plan we laid out for him when he got here — we can’t look ahead to next season right now. We’ve got to look toward March 7, which is the day we start spring ball. What can we do from this day until March 7 to get you the most ready to learn our offense and to go out and try to win this job?
“We put together a plan and he’s done a great job picking up on our schemes and all that very well. … He’s fun to work with. Very eager, very mature. A lot of these things, he can tie back to things he’s done before in his career. It’s not going to take him long to get in the swing of things.”
Though Hurts will be the favorite to start this year, 5-star freshman QB Spencer Rattler will certainly push for playing time, too. We’ll see if Hurts’s veteran leadership can win out over Rattler’s talent.