Jalen Hurts: college football’s coolest quarterback in the clutch

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We’ve seen it before, but Saturday reminded us that Jalen Hurts isn’t fazed by adversity. Oklahoma’s comeback win after falling behind 28-3 against Baylor on Saturday kept the Sooners’ playoff hopes alive, but reminded us just how dangerous Jalen Hurts can be when counted out. Especially on the big stage.

Jalen Hurts in the biggest moments

As you see above, clutch moments never scared Jalen Hurts. In fact, he thrives in those situations. As a freshman in the national championship game, he gave Alabama the go ahead score by remaining calm and running for the score. He never panicked. He never got scared. It’s not in his DNA. If anyone thought he’d become a different player at Oklahoma, they were right and wrong.

Lincoln Riley gave Hurts a chance to showcase his talent more as the starter, but it never changed his poise. Most 18-22 year olds tense up when the moment becomes big, but not the Sooners star. Trailing in football games appear as obstacles to overcome to him, and none of them have proven to be too great. He keeps his teammates calm and collected, and leads his team down the field. So when Baylor went up 28-3, Jalen just went to work like he always did in the past.

A new look Oklahoma quarterback

The Sooners problem remains the defensive side of the ball, but Hurts and the offense continue to do everything they can to keep this team in games. Even in the loss to Kansas State, Hurts did everything he could to win the game. It’s just tough to give up 48 points and win. If Oklahoma does get into the College Football Playoff, no adversity can scare them. That’s because of their leader. Oklahoma’s not stranger to great quarterback play, but they’ve never seen a Jalen Hurts.

Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield both won Heisman Trophy’s the last two years. Both made it to the College Football Playoff. Neither did what Jalen Hurts just did. Oklahoma’s newest quarterback brought his team back from down 25 in a huge game against a ranked team and won. Murray and Mayfield both faced 20-point deficits against ranked teams, but finished 0-3 in those games.

Yes, Jalen Hurts must win a Heisman and make the College Football Playoff before people anoint him as the best Oklahoma Sooners quarterback. But he’s shown he can be just as good as his predecessors, if not better. Not only can he do the things Murray and Mayfield did, but he’s proven he can lead his team to a win in the face of adversity. If Oklahoma finds a way to the playoff, nothing stands in there way. Not even a 28-3 deficit. If anything, it makes them more dangerous. One thing’s for sure, Jalen Hurts elevates his game in those situations.

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