Jalen Hurts on the excitement of finally getting to play for Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson

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Glenn Erby
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While the local and national media sits around waiting for Carson Wentz to make a statement, Jalen Hurts has been making the media rounds during Super Bowl week in Tampa.

Hurts started the Eagles’ final four games of the 2020 NFL regular season and while Philadelphia is still putting together a coaching staff, the quarterback is working to get better.

During a Tuesday afternoon interview with CBS Sports, Hurts talked about the offseason process, what Nick Sirianni could do at quarterback and an exciting tidbit that could tell a lot about the looming competition.

Sirianni hired former University of Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson to be the Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach and the talented offensive assistant is also a Hurts’ family friend.

Johnson actually played quarterback for Hurts’ father, Averion Hurts, in high school, then tried to recruit Hurts when Johnson was at Mississippi State coaching Dak Prescott.

Hurts spoke about the excitement that comes with being coach by Johnson after all these years.

“Coach Brian is like family — I’ve known him since I was 4 years old,” Hurts said Tuesday. “My dad actually coached him at Baytown [Texas] Lee High School. I grew up watching him play. Got a lot of love for him. Crazy how it works. He was actually recruiting me to go play at Mississippi State when Dak left.”

“So now it’s kinda all fell into the right place, I guess, so I’m excited to be working with him,” said Hurts, who was speaking publicly for the first time since the end of the season.

When Hurts transferred from Alabama, the Florida Gators made his final list because of Johnson’s presence on the staff.

Hurts eventually chose Oklahoma and head coach Lincoln Riley.

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