Oklahoma backup quarterback Kyler Murray has been named among the 18 under-the-radar college football players set to break out in 2018. The one-time Texas A&M starter has played backup to Heisman winner Baker Mayfield this season and is to take the reigns of the offense in next season.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma – Baker Mayfield is a Heisman Trophy winner and a near-irreplaceable presence for the Sooners. But Murray, a five-star prospect in the 2015 class, has a chance to keep Oklahoma’s offense rolling. In a small sample size this year, Murray has completed 85.7 percent of his passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns to go with 142 yards rushing on 13 carries. He’s a different type of quarterback than Mayfield – Murray will do much more damage with his feet – but no less dangerous. Murray, for my money, might be the greatest high school QB of all time (seriously, watch some highlights of his Allen, Texas team). With Lincoln Riley guiding him, I have no doubt Murray, a rising junior, will instantly become one of the nation’s better QBs. – 247Sports
The one potential hiccup in Oklahoma’s plan to continue their prolific offense with Murray is the sport of baseball. Murray already gave up baseball once for football, the questions is, will he do it again? In 2015, as the nation’s top-rated dual-threat quarterback prospect, he opted out of the MLB draft to enroll at Texas A&M.
At that time, Murray was ranked No. 34 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Draft Prospects list. Last season he made 27 appearances, and started 16 games, for Oklahoma’s baseball team and produced a .317 on-base percentage. With the 2018 season just over a month away, Murry is set to be a key player in new coach Skip Johnson’s inaugural season. That most likely means he’ll have another big decision to make when the MLB draft rolls around in June.