Lincoln Riley Says Oklahoma QB Battle Is ‘Very Real’

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley during an Oklahoma Sooners game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts didn’t transfer to Oklahoma to ride the bench. The former Alabama star expects to be the Sooners starter come Week 1, after leaving behind the program at which he had so much success.He won’t just be handed the job though. Right now, he is technically in a quarterback battle with Tanner Mordecai.Oklahoma also brings in the nation’s No. 1 2019 quarterback in Spencer Rattler. He won’t be in Norman until the summer though, so it would be asking a ton for him to win the job as a true freshman, given the competition.To his credit, Mordecai isn’t backing down, and says he plans to compete with Hurts until Lincoln Riley makes a decision.Lincoln Riley also insists that Oklahoma football is having a true quarterback battle.Whether or not Hurts is being treated as the presumptive starter, Riley says the competition remains open.From OU Daily:Through nine practices, Riley says that Hurts and Mordecai have been competing well and pushing each other. He also denied that the battle was just for show.“Yeah, it’s a competition, like there’s always been here,” Riley said. “We’ve always had competitions, we will always have competitions. This is a very real one.”Mordecai was a highly-regarded recruit, and has more experience in Riley’s offense, which is an advantage. Hurts is as battle-tested as they come, and by all accounts, is an outstanding teammate and leader, dating back to his handling of the QB situation with Tua Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa last year.Whomever wins the job won’t have the easiest draw in Week 1. The Sooners host Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars on August 31.[OU Daily]last_img

Post Your Comment Here

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *