How do we really feel about Jalen Hurts?

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Every Alabama fan is thrilled for Jalen Hurts' success ... but how much different would Bama's season have been had he stayed?
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Seeing Oklahoma overcome Baylor in overtime on Saturday afternoon, and subsequently punch its ticket into the College Football Playoff bracket, gave me lots of complicated emotions. And if you were being honest with yourself, it probably did for you too.

Why?

Jalen Hurts.

The Oklahoma graduate transfer quarterback rolled the dice by leaving Alabama after 3 seasons, and had his pick of destinations. He chose the Sooners, partially because Lincoln Riley is a quarterback whisperer, and partially because he saw the Norman as a place to best highlight his unique talents.

With the Sooners' official selection as the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff, Hurts will become the first quarterback in history to make the CFP in 4 consecutive seasons. It's the feather on a regular season in which he's a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing for 3,634 yards and 32 TDs, and rushing for another 1,255 yards and 18 more TDs.

Issue is, Hurts has done all of this with Oklahoma. Not with Alabama, the team he left behind in an anguish-laden decision last year at this time.

Hindsight firmly being 20/20, there isn't an Alabama fan on Earth who wouldn't wish for Jalen Hurts to be on the Crimson Tide roster right now. No slight to Mac Jones, but substitute Hurts for Jones against Auburn in the Iron Bowl and the entire trajectory of Alabama's season instantly changes.

That's why seeing Hurts celebrate in Crimson and Cream instead of Crimson and White is, well, complicated. Because it would be tough to begrudge Hurts the decision he made in the first place.

After all, Hurts was in the unenviable position of being the 2nd-best quarterback on his team while also perhaps being the 2nd-best quarterback in the country.

When Tua Tagovailoa beat out Hurts for the Alabama starting QB position to start the 2018 season, it set into motion a chain of events that lead us to today — with Oklahoma advancing…
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