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So Jalen Hurts is rocking the Crimson AND Cream now, and that’s obviously major. Still, the delusion in some parts of the world is too widespread to completely eradicate all in one go. Take for example this tweet from UTBarstool, which naturally saw a large contingent of the Longhorn faithful in agreement with this sentiment that Sam Ehlinger is the best quarterback in the Big 12 going into the 2019 season.
We still got the best QB in the Big 12. pic.twitter.com/Sxg6iOwYKA— Barstool Hook’Em (@UTBarstool) January 16, 2019
Preposterous, right? Well, Curtis Bolton’s playing career with the Oklahoma Sooners may be finished, but Buzzy is never done putting Texas fans in their place.
Hol up y’all texas fans are hilarious. Y’all really believe Elinger a better Q than Jalen... enjoy second in conference for yet another year— Curtis Bolton III (@CB_Savage18) January 16, 2019
As far as winning goes, Ehlinger is 12-8 as a starter, which is actually quite underwhelming if you’re claiming to be the best in the league. For his career, he’s completing less than 62% of his attempts, so as a passer, that’s also rather blah.
Of course, he does much of his damage with the ball in his clutches, running between the tackles, but even then, he’s no Jalen Hurts in that regard. 5.2 yards per carry and 23 rushing scores for the former Alabama QB vs. 3.1 ypc and 18 TDs from UT’s man.
I guess it’s all just a matter of opinion, but I’m confident that by the time the 2019 season kicks off, the only people who will think Sam Ehlinger is the best signal caller in the Big 12 will be donning burnt orange in some form or fashion. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be living in reality along with Mr. Bolton.
Now let’s dig into some Hot Links! Spencer Rattler is totally cool with Jalen Hurts coming in, Jaylan Knighton de-commits, Kyrie Irving doesn’t even need eyes to ball and more!
- Yes, SportsCenter, Oklahoma has indeed been quite stacked at QB for the last half of this decade. It’s quite incredible, actually. Welcome to the club, Jalen.
Two straight Heisman trophies and now Jalen Hurts.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2019
The Sooners have been STACKED at QB. pic.twitter.com/K9eF4lQeGH
- ESPN’s Jake Trotter wrote why he think the Hurts to Oklahoma development gives Lincoln Riley and the Sooners a much better chance to reload instead of rebuild. Once again, offense should not be a problem in Norman.
- Emmanuel Acho, a college football analyst for ESPN and former player for the Texas Longhorns, explains why he could see Hurts in the Heisman conversation in 2019. All great points.
Jalen Hurts is about to bring the Oklahoma Sooners their 3rd heisman in 3 years! pic.twitter.com/NZCxMA76L2— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) January 16, 2019
- If you or anybody you know were wondering how Spencer Rattler feels about Jalen Hurts coming into the quarterback equation, he loves it. Said so himself.
- News OK’s Ryan Aber wrote about Jalen Hurts coming to Oklahoma, and how the Crimson Tide legend expects there to be more magical moments awaiting him over the next year. Let’s go!
- ESPN’s baseball insider Jeff Passan joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss Kyler Murray’s future and deliver some neat insight into the process that lies ahead of the Heisman Trophy winner.
- You want an early candidate for most trash take of the year? Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes has the lead with this rusty piece of junk.
Let’s not forget: Kyler Murray didn’t remotely resemble a thrower when he arrived at OU. The difference is @LincolnRiley— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) January 16, 2019
Kyler Murray doesn’t say much on social media, but he chimed in for this one. I’m honestly blown away by how fitting and succinct this response was.
You’re sick.— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 17, 2019
- Class of 2020 four-star running back Jaylan Knighton has de-committed from Oklahoma and will continue to explore his options. The Deerfield Beach product originally committed to the Sooners in April of 2018, but of course the coaching staff looked much different then than it does now. By the sounds of this, he may not be totally finished with OU. As with all things, time will tell.
Around the Sports World
- Nick Saban’s entire coaching staff from 2016 is completely gone, and most of the assistants that were present in 2017 are also out of Tuscaloosa. Losing assistants is part of life, but this kind of exodus is tough to manage.
- This no-look pass from Kyrie Irving was absolutely sick. I don’t think it really counts though, considering he’s likely an actual wizard or something.
- James Harden just took the lead over LeBron James for the most 50-point games for active players. That’s actually quite surprising to me, but the Beard has been getting it done.
Harden takes the throne from LeBron pic.twitter.com/goIYIB6jIc— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 17, 2019
- Duke superstar Zion Williamson is a complete force at the NCAA level, but him potentially sitting out for the remainder of the college basketball season is starting to be discussed. Should the athletic big man hang it up early to prepare for the NBA Draft? I say heck no.
- The Louisville International Airport is being renamed as the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, of course in honor of the late, great boxer and civil rights activist who was a Louisville native.
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- YouTube is now implementing a three-strike system that could lead to the permanent banishment of users for violating its policies on videos that could be harmful to its viewers or the subjects in the content itself. Videos like dangerous at-home stunts, challenges that endanger the lives of the people participating in them or the people around them, death or abandonment pranks on children and more. Just use some sense before you decide to create viral content, folks.
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