FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will be a professional athlete. What sport that will be in is still a mystery. One has already picked him.
Murray, a redshirt junior originally from Texas, was chosen by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth overall pick in the MLB draft back in June.
“I think he’ll probably be somewhere around the same spot if he chooses to go football-wise,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said “I realize there’s a lot that goes into that, what teams are selecting, what their needs are, but we just had a guy go first overall the year before, and I think this guy is that kind of impact player, and certainly a rare athlete, one of those that you very well may go through the rest of your career coaching and never have one like that again. I mean, he’s that unique.”
This season, Murray has completed 241 of his 340 passes (70.9 percent) for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns on 123 carries.
Murray won the Heisman Trophy over Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa earlier this month. Murray was also the Davey O’Brien Award winner and a finalist for many other honors.
“He’s either going to be a Major League Baseball star or he’s going to be a Pro Bowler, he just needs to decide which one,” Riley said. “Maybe both.”