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Jalen Hurts’ college affiliation is causing an uproar between Alabama and Oklahoma fans

Jalen Hurts (#1) throws a touchdown pass for Eagles versus Vikings on Monday Night Football
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Two college football fan bases are fighting over who Jalen Hurts belongs to.

After his impressive playoff performance last week, Alabama fans and Oklahoma fans are in an uproar on social media about how Hurts belongs to them. David Cone shared a photo to Twitter of Hurts and Richard Todd. The post explained how Hurts is the first Alabama quarterback to win an NFL playoff game since Todd led the Jets over the Raiders in 1983.

Charlie Burris, host of A to Z Sports, responded with “Bama benched this dude and he went to Oklahoma and they’re trying to retroactively claim him now that he’s winning in the NFL.”

Crimson Tide fans became irate at Burris while Oklahoma fans supported his post.

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Hurts has credited both programs for developing him as a player and a man.

He had a helmet at the Reese’s Senior Bowl with both programs on it. 

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He speaks highly of Alabama and Oklahoma, though, he sounds like Coach Nick Saban when he talks. Hurts spent three years with the Tide from 2016 to 2018, earning several individual awards, two Southeastern Conference Championships, and a College Football Playoff National Championship. He came off the bench in the second half of the 2018 SEC Championship and delivered Alabama to a 35-28 victory. Hurts marched with his bachelor’s from the University of Alabama before transferring to Oklahoma.

He became a Heisman finalist with the Sooners in 2019, totaling 3,851 passing yards, 1,298 rushing yards, and 53 total touchdowns. Hurts led Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Oklahoma fans say Alabama fans can’t claim Jalen Hurts because he left.

Alabama fans say Hurts spent his first three years in Tuscaloosa so they can.

He is cool with both schools and has a Super Bowl on his mind. Hurts is the leader in the NFL’s Most Valuable Player race. He’s turned in an impressive season with 38 total touchdowns. Hurts finished the regular season with 3,701 passing yards, ranking him tenth in the league among quarterbacks. Hurts will lead the Philadelphia Eagles against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this weekend.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can β€œlike” him on Facebook or β€œfollow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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