University of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts had a pretty special season, throwing for more than 3,800 yards and rushing for almost 1,300 yards, and it helped earn him a pretty special helmet at this weekend’s Senior Bowl in Alabama, which highlights the best college football players in the country.
Many weren’t sure which team this season’s Heisman Trophy runner-up would wear for the contest but that was all put to rest at Monday’s press conference. With career numbers like Hurts’, from two of college football’s biggest powerhouses, it seemed only fitting that he represents both schools, so the folks at Riddell created a two-faced helmet, with one side featuring the crimson and white of Alabama, and Hurt’s No. 2, and the other side featuring the crimson and cream of Oklahoma, with the school’s logo prominently right in the center. But the best part is Riddell created a second version of the one-of-a-kind helmet, which will be signed by the quarterback and auctioned off for charity.
The former 2018 College Football National Champion spent his first three seasons at the University of Alabama, where he threw for 5,625 yards, along with 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and won a slew of accolades. Last year, the 21-year-old elected to transfer from the SEC to the Big 12 and while the reasoning behind it has certainly been debated, it proved beneficial, as the Houston native threw 38 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, allowing him to now sets his sights on the National Football League Draft in Las Vegas as well as the next step of his football career.
The Senior Bowl gives top prospects a chance to woo NFL scouts and prove they’re capable of playing at the next level – for most players, it’s the last fast-paced look before the NFL Combine. Some speculate that Hurts will be a high-to-mid second round pick by a team looking for a dual threat quarterback who needs to be a little more help becoming more well-rounded for the NFL. But his stock could change significantly before the draft.