Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy offers early impression of former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts
One of the more prominent personnel moves of the offseason was QB Jalen Hurts moving from Alabama to Oklahoma.
Hurts joined the Sooners after two years as a starter with the Crimson Tide, including winning a national championship, after he played a backup role last season.
Speaking at Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was asked about Hurts’ move to Oklahoma, and he acknowledged Hurts’ background, and their upcoming meeting on Nov. 30. The Sooners were picked to win the Big 12 in a recent media poll. Along with the questions toward Gundy, Hurts is expected to be a prime topic of conversation throughout the week at the media event in Arlington, Texas.
“He’s a terrific football player … we look forward to playing him,” Gundy said.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is coming off coaching Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield to Heisman Trophy-winning seasons following their transfer to Oklahoma. Many of the questions around Hurts will be how Riley will use him, particularly from a passing perspective, which previously was a knock against him, after he completed 72.9 percent of passes last season.
Hurts is 24-2 as a starter, but has spent less time on Oklahoma’s campus than Murray or Mayfield did leading into their Heisman seasons.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said that he respects the way Jalen Hurts handled adversity at Alabama and that "he's a terrific football player … we're looking forward to playing him."
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) July 15, 2019
Asked about OU’s Jalen Hurts, Gundy says he only seen him from “afar,” but that he has a lot of respect for him. “I enjoy watching young men have success, and at time maybe having a setback, and coming back and fighting through…he’s a terrific football player.” #Big12MediaDays
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Gundy agrees with basically everyone else on the fact that Jalen Hurts is a good guy
"I will say I have a lot of respect with the way he handles himself… he seems to be humble."
— Vic Reynolds (@vicareynolds) July 15, 2019