Jalen Hurts Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts before the start of the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had an MVP-caliber season in his third year in the NFL. He is a huge reason why the Eagles will be playing for their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history. With Hurts taking the league by storm, a controversy about which college gets to claim him as their own — Alabama or Oklahoma – surfaced of late.

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, who now serves as a college football analyst, had enough of this debate; wanting to settle it once and for all.

“They can both claim him because he started and was a Heisman finalist at Oklahoma, he was at Alabama for three years and started in a national championship game, two national championship games that he started in,” said McElroy on a recent episode of Always College Football via On3 Sports.

“I think these two schools, Oklahoma and Alabama, they have a legitimate argument to be made that he played and started games for their schools,” he later added.

Hurts signed with the University of Alabama out of high school and produced a historic freshman season under coach Nick Saban. Led by Hurts, the Crimson Tide lost the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship on a last-second game-winning touchdown to Clemson. The following season, Hurts was benched in the 2018 National Championship Game, in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind overtime victory over Georgia.

Hurts served as Tagovailoa’s backup for the 2018 season with the Crimson Tide and entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer following the season. He played his final season of college football under Lincoln Riley at the University of Oklahoma and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow.

[Always College Football, On3 Sports]

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