Texas Has Serious Warning For Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Texas has a serious warning for Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma before their highly anticipated showdown this weekend.
Speaking to reporters this week about the upcoming Red River Showdown, Texas defensive back B.J. Foster had a serious word of warning for the other side.
“He’s not dumb,” Foster said of Hurts.
“He’s gonna have to slide, or it’s not gonna be good for him.”
Foster also was not impressed by the Sooners’ run game, which leads the country with 7.8 yards per carry.
“We’re sound on the run game,” he replied.
“Oklahoma State, what did they do against our defense?” Foster asked, referring to how Chuba Hubbard performed after entering his game versus Texas as the country’s leading rusher with 182 yards per game.
In his showdown against the Longhorns, Hubbard put up 121 yards on 37 rushes – good for 3.3 yards per carry.
All this trash talk came in response to comments Hurts made earlier this week downplaying the seriousness of the Oklahoma-Texas showdown.
He insisted that he had played in enough big games at Alabama to be up to the moment.
Jalen Hurts asked about the Red River game: “I played in the Iron Bowl. I’ve played in big games. Think I’ll be alright.”
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) October 5, 2019
“I played in the Iron Bowl,” Hurts said matter-of-factly.
“I’ve played in big games. Think I’ll be alright.”
Foster disagreed with this assessment, though.
“It’s very different,” he said.
“This is Texas. Texas is different. Football is more physical at Texas. The Red River Showdown is way better.”
Longhorns players appear to feel a certain type of way about this game because everyone views them as sizable underdogs.
Texas opened originally as 9-point underdogs and then that number got pushed to 10.5 by bettors.
Senior safety Brandon Jones plans to use that as fuel.
“I use that as motivation, and I’m sure my teammates do, too,” he said.
Jones seemed fully prepared for the challenges that Hurts and Oklahoma might present.
“Anytime you get a quarterback to run, you want to get him on the ground,” he said.
“You don’t know as the defender what the quarterback is going to do — slide or not.
“A guy like Jalen, he’s probably gonna try to run you over. So, the biggest thing is just getting him on the ground.”
Left tackle Samuel Cosmi was equally unfazed by the task ahead.
“They have good players, solid players,” he said.
“But nothing to worry about too much.”
Cosmi did not stop there, though.
“They have a really explosive offense and are a really good team overall. I won’t take that away from them,” he added.
“But I don’t think they’ve played anyone like us.”
For what it is worth, Cosmi does think highly enough of the opposition to suggest that they might meet again later in the year.
“Who knows?” he said.
“I think you could see us both in that (Big 12 championship) game again.”
No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas will square off this coming Saturday at 10:00 am on FOX.
Do not skip this one, it promises to be an absolute barn burner with massive ramifications not only for each respective team, but the Big 12 as a whole.