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Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) gets past Kansas safety Jeremiah McCullough (12) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan.

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) gets past Kansas safety Jeremiah McCullough (12) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan.

Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP

Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) gets past Kansas safety Jeremiah McCullough (12) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan.

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) gets past Kansas safety Jeremiah McCullough (12) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan.

Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP

What the Longhorns have said about Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

AUSTIN – The Jalen Hurts Project at Oklahoma has gone as well as any Sooner could’ve hoped.

The Alabama graduate transfer has led the sixth-ranked Sooners to a 5-0 start while amassing 1,523 passing yards, a 14-to-2 touchdown/interception ratio and a nation-leading 231.3 passer rating. He’s averaging 99.8 rushing yards per game and has scored seven times on the ground.

With Hurts at the helm and a resurgent defense, OU has outscored its opponents 267-95 this season.

“You are not going to shut Oklahoma out,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “This is not going to be a 10-7 ballgame. We know that and our kids know that. We know that they are going to make plays and they are extremely explosive offensively.”

With Texas-Oklahoma set to kickoff Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl, here’s a look at what some Longhorns had to say about Oklahoma’s Heisman candidate quarterback, Jalen Hurts:

Coach Tom Herman

On Hurts’ ability to break out into open space: His scrambles I think are probably what you see him get the most open on because once you do realize it's pass, you better go cover those guys. So that leaves some pretty big voids in the field. Then in the quarterback-run game too, it's why we believe in it to a certain degree, that you literally have added an extra player and that ability to block for the quarterback.

So both of those two things combined allows him to find a lot of space in the run game.

Senior S Brandon Jones

On Hurts’ ability to hurt a team with his arm and legs: Anytime you have a dual-threat quarterback that can run like he does it’s going to be a huge factor scheme-wise and planning stuff out. He gets the job done. Their offense is one of the best I’ve seen. We’re going to have to really harp on just eye discipline and doing our jobs.

Anytime you get a quarterback to run you want to be able to get him on the ground. It’s been challenging now because of the fact that you don’t know as a defender if the quarterback is going to slide, so it’s hard in those situations to judge it.

But a guy like Jalen Hurts, he’s going to try to run you over. He’s a physical and aggressive runner. So the biggest thing is just being able to get him on the ground.

He does a really good job of fighting for extra yards. In my opinion he runs the ball like a running back, which is different because usually you don’t get quarterbacks that want to do that to get those extra yards and stuff. He’s very patient in the pocket. He’s up there, definitely going to be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve gone against.

Sophomore S B.J. Foster

On tackling Hurts in the open field: He's not dumb. He's gonna have to slide, or it's not gonna be good for him.

Senior DE Malcolm Roach

On Hurts’ size and physicality: “He’s a big guy. He’s a great athlete out there, running around and throwing. We’re going to have our hands full with him.”

Junior QB Sam Ehlinger

On facing another elite quarterback: “I’m extremely excited. He’s had success everywhere he’s been. Following his story and understanding what he’s persevered through, just unbelievable respect for him and what he’s been able to do. I’m extremely excited to get out there Saturday and compete against him.”

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