If Oklahoma’s proven anything over the past couple of seasons, it is that Lincoln Riley has gotten the most out of transfer quarterbacks.
You know the names. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray parlayed their moves to Oklahoma into successful final seasons in college football and Heisman trophies.
Can the newest transfer quarterback – former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts – have similar success?
Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Ben Powers, who played with both Mayfield and Murray, joined me and Lee Shirvanian on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 Wednesday morning to discuss Hurts’ move while in Mobile for the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
“Oklahoma’s had a great run of transfer quarterback having great success,” Powers said. “I think nothing but the best is going to happen for him.”
Where Hurts excels, Powers said, is what Oklahoma needs more than anything.
“He’s going to have great success in that locker room,” Powers explained. “I heard he’s a great leader and that’s what that offense needed is a great leader making an impact.”
Of course, the Sooners lose four starting linemen from last season, but the offensive guard said he doesn’t expect it to be an issue for Riley’s group next year.
“They are reloaded and ready to go.”
Speaking of Alabama and Oklahoma, Powers was asked about the Sooners’ 45-34 CFP national semifinal loss to the Tide. Would things play out differently if that game was played again?
“I probably think so,” he said. “We just dug ourselves a hole. Sitting on the sideline, looking up at the scoreboard and it’s 28-0. That’s a big hole. After we got down 28-0, it was a different game.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.