TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football quarterback Jalen Hurts has had up-and-down moments throughout his freshman season, but the Crimson Tide’s young signal caller still is in the midst of a record-setting campaign.
In Alabama’s 31-3 win Saturday night, Hurts ran for 68 yards to push his season total 803 yards. Hurts broke Alabama’s single-season quarterback rushing record of 791 yards set in 1979 by Steadman Shealy.
With two games left (Iron Bowl and SEC championship) and the possibility of four (College Football Playoff), Hurts could become the first quarterback in Alabama history to run for 1,000 yards.
Hurts is averaging 73 rushing yards per game. He is second in the SEC in rushing yards among quarterbacks (Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald is first with 985). Based on the way Alabama runs its offense, there is nothing to suggest Hurts can’t get the rushing yards needed to top 1,000.
Along with setting the quarterback rushing record, Hurts threw 3 touchdowns passes to move into third place on the Alabama single-season touchdown responsibility list with 30. Hurts has thrown 19 touchdown passes and rushed for 11 scores this season.
AJ McCarron (2012: 30 passing, 1 rushing) is second on the list. Blake Sims holds the single-season record with 35 touchdowns (28 passing, 7 rushing) in 2014.
Sims’ numbers are well within Hurts’ reach.
Hurts also is slowly creeping up on Alabama’s single-season record for total offense.
Hurts totaled 204 yards of offense (136 passing, 68 rushing) against Chattanooga to give him 2,971 total yards this season, which is the sixth-highest mark in school history.
Greg McElroy is fifth with 2,975 yards (2,987 passing, -12 rushing) in 2010. Sims is the single-season leader at 3,837 yards (3,487 passing, 350 rushing) in 2014.
Hurts is 866 yards behind Sims’ mark. It would take some big games, but Hurts certainly has a chance to top Sims.
Arguably the best thing about Hurts’ numbers is the fact that he is doing this in his first year in Tuscaloosa. He is going to improve, and given the fact that he could potentially be a four-year starter, Hurts has a chance to completely rewrite Alabama’s record books.
Hurts is being mentioned as a potential Heisman Trophy finalist as a freshman.
No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC) hosts Auburn on Saturday for the 81st Iron Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Alabama opened as an 18.5-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com.