Alabama Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw an interception on Saturday night against the Arkansas Razorbacks on his 139th pass attempt in a row without having been picked off, which is currently the seventh-longest stretch without being intercepted in school history. At the time of the interception, Hurts was 13-for-16 with 252 yards passing and two touchdowns, with the Crimson Tide leading 42-17.
To start the season, Hurts was not even the Tide’s starting quarterback. That job was given to freshman Blake Barnett, who has made news recently only by announcing his decision to transfer out after Hurts has led Alabama to a 5-0 start ever since taking over for Barnett in relief during the team’s Week 1 thumping of USC.
Entering the game, Hurts had thrown for 989 yards in the first five games and had seven touchdowns through the air and three on the ground. A true freshman who played last season at Channelview HS in Channelview, Texas, Hurts is now leading the No. 1 team in the nation.
Rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class by 247sports, the 6’2″, 209-pound Hurts shirked offers from in-state programs such as Houston, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, SMU, UTEP, and Texas A&M, by choosing the Crimson Tide, who are not normally known for their ability to attract dual-threat passers.
Backed up now by only junior Cooper Bateman, the job under center in Tuscaloosa is Hurts’. The Crimson Tide are entering an especially rough part of their schedule with their next three games slated to come against Tennessee, Texas A&M, and LSU.