Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Oklahoma Approves Austin Kendall Transfer to West Virginia

Oklahoma Approves Austin Kendall Transfer to West Virginia

Hurts chose Oklahoma over Miami and Maryland, among other programs.

Although, it's not a bad trade to head for Norman and Lincoln Riley's Sooners.

The Sooners transfer quarterbacks have seen success in recent years with both 2017 Heisman victor and current Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield and Murray.

OU, victor of four consecutive Big 12 titles, is looking to replace a Heisman Trophy victor in Murray.

Kyler Murray transferred to the Sooners from Texas A&M, and put together an even better season than Mayfield in his lone year under Riley.

Over three seasons, Hurts has combined for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns through the air while tallying a combined 1,976 yards and 23 scores on the ground.

The scouting report is Hurts is a splendid athlete, a run-first quarterback with limited throwing skills. Riley brings that pedigree to the table as well. Riley is, of course, in search of another starting quarterback with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray having declared for the NFL Draft. Kendall eventually signed with Oklahoma but was stuck in a log jam behind a string of transfers. After going 26-2 as the starting QB for Alabama over his freshman and sophomore seasons, Hurts was famously benched in the CFP National Championship Game against Georgia previous year.

After Murray won, the way-too-early 2019 Heisman odds had Hurts with the 10th-best chance.

Hurts refused, and stuck out a tough season in Tuscaloosa, humbling himself as the backup QB.

As a sophomore, Hurts guided Alabama to a 13-1 record and another appearance in the national title game.

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You have to believe that Jalen Hurts is well aware of all of this and that it heavily factored into his decision to come to Oklahoma for his final season of eligibility.

Even though Oklahoma eventually acquiesced to Kendall's request, allowing him to play immediately at his school of choice regardless of the conference, the optics of holding out long enough to raise a public outcry are awful.

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