Cody Thomas played both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma and paved the way for what Kyler Murray is doing right now. The thing is, Thomas was never in line to be the starting quarterback for the Sooners. Knowing that baseball was his future, the two-sport athlete chose to follow that path, ultimately going to the Dodges in the 13th round of of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Kyler Murray isn’t just a two-sport athlete though, he’s knocking on the door of being a two-sport star. Batting .296 on the season, Murray leads Oklahoma in home runs (10), is tied with Cade Harris for the lead in stolen bases (10), and is second on the team in RBIs (47). All the while Lincoln Riley and the rest of the Sooner Nation are holding their breaths that nothing happens to him.
Deadlocked in a battle with Austin Kendall to replace 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma’s offensive general, Riley has his own plan of success for Murray. If he’s injured then he can’t help either team, and that’s honestly what worries folks.
That’s also the reason why the internet was buzzing on Thursday when Kyler Murray hurt himself swiping second base in the first inning of Oklahoma’s Big 12 Tournament game against Texas.
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After Friday’s win over Kansas, Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson noted that Murray is day-to-day after an MRI revealed that he has a Grade 1 hamstring strain. On both the baseball diamond and the football field the Crown Jewell of Murray’s skill set is his speed, and that is exactly what is taken away by a hamstring injury.
With the NCAA Tournament around the corner, it’s doubtful that Oklahoma baseball fans will see Murray play on Saturday. With summer football workouts on the horizon, it’s doubtful that Lincoln Riley wants to see him out there.