Alabama QB Jalen Hurts isn’t just having a phenomenal season for a freshman. One ESPN analyst thinks Hurts is having one of the best seasons in Alabama history.
ESPN college football analyst KC Joyner went on The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday to talk about Hurts. He argued the Hurts could be on pace for the best overall season by an Alabama quarterback in program history.
“Jalen Hurts, when you look at his case, he might be having the best season ever by an Alabama quarterback,” Joyner said.
Joyner cited what Hurts does in the running game as well as the passing game. Hurts is the first Alabama player to have 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game.
He also has 11 rushing touchdowns this season. That’s the most in the SEC this season and the most ever by a Nick Saban-coached quarterback
“Hurts is doing so many things to stand out that I think he should be getting more credit than he’s getting, especially given the schedule.”
That schedule is also why Joyner thinks Hurts should be getting legitimate consideration for the Heisman.
Joyner admitted that Hurts would probably have to “set the world on fire” over Alabama’s final three regular season games to have a shot at the award. But he pointed out that Hurts has faced much tougher competition than the current Heisman frontrunner, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
“I also would like the world to recognize that Jalen Hurts has posted his numbers against what ESPN’s Football Power Index says is the toughest schedule in college football this year.”
Meanwhile, Louisville’s schedule has been the sixth-easiest among Power 5 schools, per ESPN’s FPI.
Joyner said that if Jackson stumbles over his final two games and Hurts continues to surge, there’s a chance the freshman could close the gap. If he did, his argument for having the best season by an Alabama quarterback would get even stronger.