What college did Jalen Hurts play for? Exploring Eagles QB’s NCAA career

The Philadelphia Eagles faced a challenging turn of events in the 2023 season after an impressive start with a 10-1 record. Unfortunately, the team encountered a series of losses, and concerns about Jalen Hurts’ injuries led to suggestions of benching the quarterback.

Meanwhile, the woes continued as their Super Bowl aspirations were cut short in the Wild Card round. As the team looks forward to making a strong comeback, it’s worthwhile to explore Hurts’ NCAA career, offering fans a glimpse into his remarkable college journey that might instill hope for the future.

Jalen Hurts college team: All the details that you need

Jalen Hurts matriculated at the University of Alabama. There he served as the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide from 2016 to 2018. Subsequently, he made a move to Oklahoma for his senior year in 2018.

His time at Alabama was marked by remarkable achievements and heartbreaks. In his freshman year, Hurts led Alabama to the CFP National Championship game, only to suffer a narrow defeat to Clemson University.

Nevertheless, redemption seemed within reach as he guided Alabama to another championship game appearance as a sophomore. There a dramatic turn of events saw him replaced by backup Tua Tagovailoa, who secured victory in overtime against the University of Georgia.

After graduating from Alabama in December 2018, the 25-year-old sought a fresh start at the University of Oklahoma. Stepping into the shoes of Arizona Cardinals’ starter Kyler Murray, himself a Heisman Trophy winner, Hurts showcased his prowess, earning a spot as a Heisman finalist.

Under his leadership, Oklahoma charged into the College Football Playoff semifinals, but was halted by Louisiana State University in a hard-fought battle. 

Exploring Jalen Hurts’ NCAA career stats

Jalen Hurts had an illustrious college football career, playing in 56 games and contributing to teams that consistently made the College Football Playoff each season.

In his college career spanning 56 games, the Eagles’ starter completed 682 passes out of 1,047 attempts with an overall completion rate of 67.4%. He threw for a total of 9,477 yards, and accumulated 80 touchdowns, per NCAA.

During his freshman year at Alabama, he played 15 games while throwing for 2,780 yards with 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The following year saw him in 14 games, completing 154 passes out of 255 attempts with a 60.4% completion rate. Hurts threw for 2,081 yards, averaging 8.2 yards per attempt, with 17 touchdowns and just 1 interception.

In his last year at Alabama, he played 13 games and racked up 765 yards, with 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, earning an outstanding passer rating of 196.7.

His lobe season at Oklahoma, saw him in 14 games while recording an impressive 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Notable achievements in his college career include being one of 17 players in FBS history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns, as well as being recognized for his passing and rushing/receiving prowess.

Hurts also holds various records, including the lowest interception percentage in a season in Alabama history and the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback in Oklahoma history.

His accolades include being named the 2016 AP SEC Newcomer of the Year, 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year, and 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, he received the 2018 Sugar Bowl Outstanding Player Award, and was recognized in 2019 as First Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

The former Alabama player started his national level career after being drafted by the Eagles in 2020.

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.


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