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Lincoln Riley Announces Oklahoma's Starting Quarterback

A closeup of Lincoln Riley talking to the media after an Oklahoma football game.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 01: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

It's been a big day for starting quarterback announcements. Ohio State just made their starting quarterback decision official, and now Oklahoma is doing the same.

On Monday, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced that Jalen Hurts would be the Sooners' starting quarterback in 2019. Hurts joined Oklahoma in the offseason in a transfer from Alabama.

Hurts was the starting quarterback for Alabama from 2016 to 2017. He led Alabama to back-to-back College Football Playoff title games, but lost one and was benched for the other.

In 2018, Hurts lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, which preceded his transfer to Oklahoma.

Hurts joins an Oklahoma team that has produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Though he was not much of a Heisman contender at Alabama, he is currently on the award's shortlist.

In three seasons under Nick Saban, Hurts totaled 5,626 passing yards, 48 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. He has a completion rate of 62.9-percent.

Hurts also presents some options as a runner. He has rushed for 1,923 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Oklahoma heads into the 2019 season as a top five team in the AP preseason poll. Expectations will certainly be high.

Hurts will make his debut on September 1 in Oklahoma's home opener against Houston.