Big 12 Player of The Year: Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
The Alabama transfer arrived in Norman with high expectations following the last two Oklahoma QB’s (Mayfield, Murray) winning Heisman Trophies and being drafted number one overall to the NFL.
Hurts Wasted no time making a splash in week one vs. Houston compiling 332 yds passing, 3 TD’s and 176 yds rushing with 3 more TD’s on the ground. Hurts became the Heisman front runner after week one, and many believed Oklahoma was on their way to producing it’s third Heisman trophy winning QB in as many years, but then Joe Burrow happened.
If not for Joe Burrows ascension, Hurts might still be the front runner to hoist the Heisman ranking 3rd nationally in QBR (202.3) right behind Joe Burrow (203.0). He has thrown for 3347 yds, 31 TD’s and 6 INT’s, while also rushing 196 times for 1217 yds and 18 TDs.
Hurts calm leadership is one of his most exceptional traits. He is highly competitive and has proven to be a team player as proven by his time in Tuscaloosa after taking a back seat for Tua but remaining on the team. He stepped in for Bama against Georgia in the SEC title game a season ago when Tua was injured, leading a game-winning drive.
He should work to improve his ability to read a defense both pre and post-snap to enhance his potential at the next level. Improve his ability to throw with accuracy when moved off of his spot. His overall athleticism has bailed him out at the college level, so once he is in the NFL, it will be essential for him to improve the mental aspects of his game.