Jalen Hurts will begin his second NFL season as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It had long been expected, but on Tuesday, it was made official when Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni announced to the media that Hurts was officially the starter. Now, Hurts will look to build off the solid showing he had as a rookie in 2020.

“I’m really excited about working with Jalen. I think he has special playmaking ability,” Sirianni said during his Tuesday press conference.

Those who watched Hurts during his time at Alabama and Oklahoma already knew that. He thrived early during his 3-year career with the Crimson Tide, then capped his college career with a strong 2019 season with the Sooners. That led to him getting taken by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

At the start of the 2020 season, Hurts was the Eagles’ backup QB behind Carson Wentz. But after Wentz struggled, Hurts got his opportunity. He started the final 4 games of the year, passing for 919 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while also rushing for 272 yards and 3 touchdowns over that span.

During the offseason, Philadelphia traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, making it clear that Hurts was next in line to lead the offense. Even though the Eagles acquired Gardner Minshew II in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, Hurts still landed the job as the No. 1 QB.

Hurts will begin his sophomore NFL season when the Eagles take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.