2019 Heisman Trophy Odds: Hurts 8-1
The Alabama public relations department in combination with the Crimson Tide coaching staff did a great job of portraying the transition of the team’s starting quarterbacks as fluid following the school’s January 8th, 2018 championship victory over SEC rival Georgia Bulldogs. Those who have a full understanding of the competitive nature of college athletes didn’t completely buy the report. And individual with the talent and necessary work ethic to play at the level it takes to be a part of the Alabama football team doesn’t willingly hand over the keys to the Jaguar.
From Hurts to Tua
The 2018 College Football Playoff contest victory by Alabama was head coach Nick Saban’s sixth college crown. He and his staff assisted the players in earning the title by making the tough decision. That call was to switch quarterbacks in the second half. Then-starting signal-caller Jalen Hurts gave way to freshman Tua Tagovailoa. And the rest is history.
Or is it?
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy in 2017 during Lincoln Riley’s first season as the Sooners head coach.
Another Oklahoma quarterback, Kyler Murray, did it, win the Heisman, again in 2018.
There is a common denominator with the duo of Heisman winners. Both quarterbacks were transfers, both were part of high-flying and up-tempo offenses that finished No. 1 in the country. Subsequently both led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. Finally the two also followed the season by winning the Heisman award.
While the scenarios are not exactly the same this year’s Oklahoma Sooners starting QB does have some of the traits, history and experience that both Mayfield and Murray possessed.
As a result could history repeat itself in 2019? This in relation to the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner?
Jalen Hurts is a transfer. He was a part of a high-flying offense last season. The backup field-general to an offense that averaged the third most points (45.6) in college football a season ago.