• Brian L. Barefield

Former OU Quarterback Jalen Hurts Tells Media "I Have No Ceiling"

Ask any fan of former Cash Money recording artist, Lil Wayne to name you the top-five projects “Weezy” has ever done and I guarantee you that the 2009 mixtape, “No Ceilings” will always make the list. During interviews, the five-time Grammy Award winner has made reference to the title of that mixtape being the mantra of his life.

Fast forward to April 2020 and former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts has mimicked that same approach when it comes to playing the game of football. Hurts spoke with the media via zoom after the Philadelphia Eagles made him the 53rd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft this past weekend.

“I went into Alabama a 17-year-old freshman, an early-enrollee, thrown right into the fire,” said the 2019 Heisman Trophy Award Finalist. “I took steps every year even with the different coaches every year in and out. I continued to take steps to develop, develop, develop regardless of what the circumstances were. There isn’t a ceiling. I don’t put a ceiling on myself or my game.”

Hurts spent three seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide where he started 42 games in three years before transferring to Oklahoma for his senior season. During his time with the Lincoln Riley led Sooners, Hurts enhanced his skills as a signal-caller leading Oklahoma back to the College Football Playoffs where they came up short against the eventual champs, LSU Tigers. Hurts compiled 4,879 combined passing and rushing yards to go along with 52 touchdowns before leaving Norman, Oklahoma.

"It's a dream for me to play at this level,” Hurts said on the Angelo Cataldi morning show. “Now it's time to grind and help this team. It all comes down to that. What I do see in the future is me working really hard. I'm just really ready to get to work with the team, with the guys, and get ready to grow."

With the mindset and work ethic instilled in this young man, I would not be surprised if we see him on the field a lot this season as a quarterback.

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