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Great Expectations Greet Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, Along With Familiar Competition

ARLINGTON, Texas — Even though he wasn’t there, Jalen Hurts was a hot topic at Big 12 media days on Monday.

Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma in January after three seasons with Alabama, is expected to be the next great quarterback under Lincoln Riley. His predecessors, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, were consecutive Heisman Trophy winners and both went No. 1 in the NFL draft. Now, the popular take heading into the 2019 season is that Hurts will be the new Sooners star.

He very well could be. Among the various remarkable things on his resume, Hurts went 26-2 as a starter with the Crimson Tide and won a national championship.