Jalen Hurts

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Jalen Hurts
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Hurts with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022
No. 1 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-08-07) August 7, 1998 (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Channelview (Channelview, Texas)
College:
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
TDINT:22–13
Passing yards:4,205
Completion average:59.0
Passer rating:84.7
Rushing yards:1,138
Rushing touchdowns:13
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jalen Alexander Hurts[1] (born August 7, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played his first three seasons of college football at Alabama, where he was part of the team that won the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, and used his final year of eligibility at Oklahoma. Selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Hurts became their starter near the end of his rookie season.[2]

Early years[edit]

Hurts attended Channelview High School in Channelview, Texas.[3] Hurts's father, Averion, was the football coach at Channelview High School throughout his sons' high school career. As a senior, he passed for 2,384 yards with 26 touchdown passes and rushed for 1,391 yards and 25 touchdowns. Hurts was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore and was named the District 21-6A Overall MVP as a junior during his high school playing years. He played against the Texas A&M freshman standout running back Trayveon Williams throughout his high school career. Hurts was rated as a four-star recruit and was ranked among the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the Class of 2016.[4] Although Texas A&M made a strong push to recruit Hurts, they ultimately failed in their efforts after Hurts committed to the University of Alabama on June 5, 2015. He was recruited by Alabama's defensive line coach Bo Davis and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.[5]

In addition to football, Hurts participated in powerlifting. As a sophomore in high school, Hurts was squatting 500 pounds of weight and would eventually become regional finalist in the 198-pound weight class.[6]

College career[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a true freshman for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team in 2016, Hurts competed to open the season as the starting quarterback.[7][8] Blake Barnett started the first game against the USC Trojans, but by the second game, Hurts had taken over the starting role, becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in 32 years (Vince Sutton in 1984 was the last).[9][10] Hurts produced a historic freshman season under head coach Nick Saban. He threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns with nine interceptions. His completion percentage was at 62.8 percent, and he finished the season with a quarterback rating of 139.12. He rushed for a total of 954 yards and 13 touchdowns, breaking the school single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Steadman Shealy's previous record of 791 yards. He finished the 2016 season with 36 overall touchdowns breaking Blake Sims's previous record for touchdowns in a single season for the Crimson Tide with a total of 35 which he set in 2014.[11] Hurts became the first quarterback coached by Nick Saban to rush for more than 11 touchdowns in a single season. He was the first player in Alabama history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game and the first quarterback to rush for 120 yards or more in multiple games. In the Iron Bowl game against Auburn, Hurts completed 75% of his passes, which set a new Iron Bowl record.[11] Alabama concluded its 2016–2017 regular season with a perfect 12–0 (8–0 SEC) record. On November 30, 2016, Hurts was declared one of the ten finalists for the Manning Award, which is given to the nation's top college quarterback. On December 3, 2016, he led his team to win the 2016 SEC Championship over the Florida Gators and was subsequently named SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, and received Freshman All-American from several publications. Hurts was featured on the cover page of Sports Illustrated College Football Playoff magazine on December 6, 2016.[12] On January 9, 2017, top-seeded Alabama lost the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship against the Clemson Tigers by a score of 35–31.[13] The bowl game was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Sophomore season[edit]

Hurts in 2018

In 2017, Hurts led the Tide to a 13–1 season, giving them a playoff spot as a #4 seed, where they played Clemson in the 2018 Sugar Bowl. Hurts was the offensive MVP[14] in that game, with Daron Payne being the defensive MVP in a 24–6 win over the Tigers. Hurts was benched at halftime of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship for true freshman Tua Tagovailoa.[15] Hurts won his first National Championship as the Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 26–23 in overtime.[16] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 2,081 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, and one interception to go along with 855 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.[17]

Junior season[edit]

After Tagovailoa helped lead the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory in the National Championship the year before, questions arose if Hurts would remain the starting quarterback for Alabama.[18] In the season opener against Louisville, Tagovailoa was the starter. Hurts came into the game in a rotation. He had 70 passing yards in the 51–14 victory.[19] Tagovailoa was officially named the starter going into the next game against Arkansas State.[20] In a backup role, Hurts earned significant playing time in the 2018 season.[21]

In the 2018 SEC Championship Game, he relieved an injured Tagovailoa and led the team to a comeback victory against Georgia.[22] Alabama moved to 13–0 and secured a spot in the Playoff.

Hurts completed his B.A. in communication and information sciences in December 2018.[1]

Oklahoma[edit]

Senior season[edit]

Hurts with Oklahoma in 2019

On January 16, 2019, Hurts announced via social media that he would be transferring to the University of Oklahoma for his final year of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, he was eligible to play for the 2019 season.[23]

In his first game as a Sooner on September 1, 2019, Hurts shattered Oklahoma's single-game yardage record in a debut (previously held by Baker Mayfield when he put up 396 yards of total offense against Akron in 2015), putting up 508 yards of total offense against Houston.[24] On September 28, in a 55–14 victory over Texas Tech, he had 415 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and one interception to go along with nine carries for 70 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[25] Hurts helped lead Oklahoma to a 7–0 start to the season. The team's first setback came against Kansas State on October 26. In the 48–41 loss, Hurts passed for 395 yards and a passing touchdown to go along with 19 carries for 96 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[26] Hurts helped lead Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.[27] The Sooners' season ended with a 63–28 loss to LSU in the 2019 Peach Bowl.[28] Hurts recorded a successful season with the Sooners, recording 3,851 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and eight interceptions to go along with 1,298 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.[29] He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow.[30]

Statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2016 Alabama 15 14 240 382 62.8 2,780 23 9 139.1 191 954 5.0 13
2017 Alabama 14 14 154 254 60.6 2,081 17 1 150.7 154 855 5.6 8
2018 Alabama 13 0 51 70 72.9 765 8 2 202.4 36 186 5.2 2
2019 Oklahoma 14 14 237 340 69.7 3,851 32 8 191.2 233 1,298 6.5 20
Career 56 42 682 1046 65.1 9,477 80 20 162.6 614 3,274 5.33 43

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
222 lb
(101 kg)
31+34 in
(0.81 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.59 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
21
All values from NFL Combine[31]

2020 season[edit]

Hurts during his rookie season with the Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Hurts 53rd overall in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[32] After originally being named as the third string quarterback behind Nate Sudfeld, he gained the backup position at Week 2, mainly so he could be used for quarterback running plays or as a decoy. On December 6, 2020, Hurts came in relief of Carson Wentz, who was benched due to ineffective play, against the Green Bay Packers. In this Week 13 matchup, Hurts threw his career first passing touchdown to Greg Ward and finished the game with 109 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 30–16 loss.[33] On December 8, 2020, Hurts was named the starter for their Week 14 game against the New Orleans Saints.[34][35] In his first NFL start, Hurts completed 17 of 30 passing attempts for 167 passing yards and one touchdown, leading the Eagles to a 24–21 win. Hurts also added 106 rushing yards, totaling 273 all purpose yards.[36] On December 20, 2020, in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals, Hurts finished with 338 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, 63 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in the 26–33 loss.[37] In Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys, Hurts threw for 342 yards, one touchdown (81-yarder to DeSean Jackson), two interceptions, and rushed for 69 yards during the 37–17 loss.[38]

Hurts in 2021

In Week 17 against the Washington Football Team on Sunday Night Football, Hurts threw for 72 yards and an interception and rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns before being benched in favor of Sudfeld during the 20–14 loss.[39] Hurts' benching drew allegations of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson attempting to deliberately lose the game;[40][41][42] Pederson was fired shortly afterwards.[43]

2021 season[edit]

Before the start of the regular season, Hurts switched his jersey number to No. 1, which had become available with the departure of punter Cameron Johnston.[44] On August 31, 2021, Hurts was named the starter for the regular season by new head coach Nick Sirianni.[45] In the season opener, on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, Hurts led the Eagles to a 32–6 victory, throwing for three touchdowns and a passer rating of 126.4.[46] During a Week 12 loss to the New York Giants, Hurts suffered an ankle injury which kept him out for the following weeks game against the New York Jets.[47] The Eagles won that game 33-18 led by backup quarterback Gardner Minshew.[48] Hurts returned after the bye week in a Week 15 matchup against Washington enroute to a 27–17 victory.[49] Hurts helped lead the Eagles to a playoff berth after defeating the Washington Football Team 20–16 in week 17 and with wins from the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers later that day.[50] On December 23, 2021, Hurts was named a 2021 Pro Bowl NFC alternate.[51]

In the Wild Card round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hurts threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but fumbled once and threw two interceptions in the 31–15 loss.

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

General Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2020 PHI 15 4 1–3 77 148 52.0 1,061 7.2 6 4 77.6 63 354 5.6 3 13 59 9 2
2021 PHI 15 15 8–7 265 432 61.3 3,144 7.3 16 9 87.2 139 784 5.6 10 26 150 9 2
Career 30 19 9–10 342 580 59.0 4,205 7.3 22 13 84.7 202 1,138 5.6 13 39 209 18 4

Postseason[edit]

General Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2021 PHI 1 1 0–1 23 43 53.5 258 6.0 1 2 60.0 8 39 4.9 0 2 14 1 0
Career 1 1 0–1 23 43 53.5 258 6.0 1 2 60.0 8 39 4.9 0 2 14 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Hurts' parents are Pamela and Averion Hurts. Hurts has two siblings: a younger sister, Kynnedy, and an older brother, Averion, named after their father.[52] Jalen's brother, Averion, was the starting quarterback for Texas Southern University and is now a college football coach at University of Alabama. As of Hurts' freshman year, one of his parents attended his football game every week, while the other attended Averion's game.[53]

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