Jalen Hurts: 2019 Heisman Trophy winner?

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Jalen Hurts began his first game with Oklahoma Sooners, and he hit the ground running. Literally. Oklahoma’s quest to return to the College Football Playoff and a third consecutive Heisman Trophy got off to a fast start. Oklahoma dominated Houston 49-31 Sunday night, and their quarterback was the star.

Any Jalen Hurts naysayers remaining might have a tough time doing so going forward. Hurts completed 20 of his 23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Questions about Hurts’ passing were answered (at least for now), and it looked easy. Houston didn’t pressure Hurts much, giving him time to scan the field and find an open receiver. They also struggled slowing him down on the ground, as he ran 16 times for 176 yards and three more scores. Oklahoma’s had record setting quarterbacks the last two years, but they found another one already.

Jalen Hurts for Heisman

So his performance begs the question: is Jalen Hurts the next Heisman winner? We obviously can’t judge off of one game, but he’s off to an excellent start. The stat above puts him in elite company, and Manziel was one of the most electric players to ever play. We learned that Hurts is capable of gashing defenses, and making it look easy. Oklahoma’s offense didn’t skip a beat either. Their defense, once again, will be a concern.

Houston didn’t threaten the Sooners much, but they still produced 408 yards and 31 points. Alex Grinch was hired to fix the defensive woes, but it wasn’t the best start. With the offenses they’ll face in the regular season, this group needs to be better. Hurts and the offense can’t do everything themselves.

Hurts mentioned there were things his team needed to work on for next week. While he was talking about the offense, the defense falls under that statement too. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won the last two Heisman’s with poor defenses, but Hurts has his eyes set on something more. A Heisman may be in his future, but a championship is what he wants more.

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