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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Jalen Hurts finishes second in the 2019 Heisman Trophy voting

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At least one OU player has finished among the top four in Heisman voting since 2015.

Heisman Trophy Presentation Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

Oklahoma Sooners senior QB Jalen Hurts finished second in voting for the 85th Heisman Memorial Trophy behind LSU winner QB Joe Burrow and ahead of Ohio State QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young.

With Hurts as this year’s Heisman runner-up, this marks the fifth consecutive season a Sooner has finished among the top four vote-getters for college football’s most prestigious award. While Oklahoma’s run of back-to-back winners comes to an end, it’s still a remarkably impressive run by any measure.

Winning the Heisman is as much about stats and wins as it is anything else. Nobody did that better than Joe Burrow this season, which is why he deservedly won the award, but Hurts’ run in 2019 will go down as one of the most prolific campaigns in OU’s program history.

En route to a 12-1 overall record, a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff, Jalen Hurts racked up a total of 4,914 yards and 51 touchdowns on offense with his arm, his legs and even his hands. As a passer, he completed 222 of 309 attempts for 3,634 yards and 32 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. On the ground, he totaled 1,255 yards and 18 TDs on 219 carries. If that wasn’t enough, he also hauled in two receptions for 25 yards and one more score.

While Hurts’ production tells part of the story, the rest can be learned by understanding the path he took to reach his status as a Heisman finalist. After three seasons at Alabama cemented his legacy as a legend in the annals of Crimson Tide lore, he sought a final chance to be the guy and accomplish all-time greatness. Thus, he chose Oklahoma for his collegiate curtain call.

After starting off the season as hot as any team in the nation, a bad day in Manhattan, Kansas knocked Hurts and the Sooners off the list of the unbeatens. While the Sooners rebounded by winning out and claiming a fifth consecutive Big 12 title, Hurts’ almost superhuman level of play was marred with eight total turnovers over the final five games.

Yet it was through those mishaps that the Sooners showed their resolve, and that ultimately gave Hurts the opportunity to shine when his team needed him most. His clutch performances in the month of November and last Saturday in Arlington provided further evidence of the senior’s unshakeable poise and confidence, and it’s because of those moments that he’s risen to the position he’s in.

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