When Jalen Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, he had the obvious intention of becoming a starting quarterback again. Unfortunately for him, he might not get his wish.
Hurts has yet to be named the starting quarterback for the Sooners this year, and every day that goes by shows just how much risk he's at of having a repeat in Norman of what happened at Alabama.
When he stepped out of the shadow of upstart quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the Crimson Tide, it seemed like a no-brainer that he'd be the starter at whichever school he transferred to. He had a solid resume to his credit under center with the Crimson Tide, which included a daring comeback win against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
It initially seemed like a no-brainer that he would replace Kyler Murray, but head coach Lincoln Riley hasn't committed to him yet. Freshman gunslinger Spencer Rattler has shown amazing potential and is one of the best quarterback prospects the college football world has seen in quite some time.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that he gets overtaken by a freshman for the second year in a row.
Hurts is in his senior year. By most standards, he should have been named the starter by now. The fact that there's still no word as to who's the favorite is proof enough that history might be repeating itself.
There's little doubt that he's put in the work. It's just the simple fact that it might not be enough. Time will tell who wins the job in Norman.