Now, Hurts is trying to prove he can play quarterback at the next level. After an impressive performance at the NFL Combine, he should get that chance. So, why did Hurts leave Alabama for Oklahoma, again? Did that help his NFL stock? We look back at Hurts’ college career. MORE: 12 best fits include Packers, Cowboys, Patriots in 2020 NFL DraftFreshman breakout season Hurts came off the bench in his first college game at Alabama and totaled 150 yards and four TDs in a 52-6 blowout against USC on Sept. 3, 2016. Hurts led Alabama to a 14-1 record and led the go-ahead touchdown drive in the CFP championship game before being upstaged by Clemson’s Deshaun Watson in a 35-31 loss. Hurts finished with 2,780 passing yards, 954 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns as a freshman. He entered his sophomore season as the starter, but freshman Tua Tagovailoa created buzz upon his arrival in Tuscaloosa. Benched for Tua Tagovailoa Hurts maintained the role as a starter in 2017 and led Alabama to a second straight appearance in the 2018 CFP championship game – this time as a one-loss team against Georgia. Hurts was benched at halftime in favor of Tagovailoa with the Crimson Tide trailing 13-0, and Tagovailoa led a comeback in a 26-23 overtime thriller. Hurts had 2,081 passing yards, 855 rushing yards and 25 total TDs as a sophomore, but Tagovailoa won the starting job the following season. Alabama coach Nick Saban managed to keep both quarterbacks on the roster, however, and Hurts spent most of his junior season as a backup to Tagovailoa.2020 NFL DRAFT:SN’s draft hub | Top 100 players | Final mock draftRedemption against Georgia Hurts’ redemption began in the 2018 SEC championship game against Georgia. Tagovailoa was injured, and Hurts stepped in with the Crimson Tide trailing 28-21 and led back-to-back TD drives. He scored the game-winning TD on a 15-yard run with 1:04 remaining. That helped the Crimson Tide reach the CFP championship game for the fourth consecutive season. Hurts closed his Alabama career with two pass attempts in a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the 2019 CFP championship game on Jan. 7, 2019. Why did Jalen Hurts leave Alabama? Hurts transferred to Oklahoma for his senior season, where he followed back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Hurts thrived as the starter in Lincoln Riley’s offense. He finished with 3,851 passing yards and 32 TDs and added 1,298 rushing yards and 20 TDs. He led Oklahoma to a 12-1 regular-season record and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind LSU’s Joe Burrow. Hurts’ college career ended in a 63-28 loss to the Tigers in the College Football Playoff semifinals. He had 217 passing yards, 43 rushing yards an two TDs in the loss. Jalen Hurts navigated one of the most-interesting career arcs of all time as a college football quarterback. He started as a freshman at Alabama. He was benched as a junior. He played in the College Football Playoff each of the last four years for two of the winningest programs in college football with Alabama and Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts NFL Draft projectionHurts was asked if he would consider switching positions at the NFL Combine, and he delivered a pointed response. “I’ve always been a team-first guy, but I think I’m a quarterback,” Hurts said at the Combine. “I think that’s that.” Hurts impressed at the NFL Combine in drills and is being projected as high as a second-round pick in some mock drafts. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Hurts going to the Las Vegas Raiders at pick No. 80.