There seems to be a lingering question centering around the quarterback position in Norman. On September 1, the Oklahoma Sooners open the season with a contest against Florida Atlantic. In front of a sold-out crowd, who will be the starting quarterback?
Let me clarify the situation. As of June 6, the only option at kickoff has been, is, and will be Kyler Murray!
For some the answer remained a muddy one as Austin Kendall posted a better Spring Game than any other signal caller on the roster. Tossing 11 completions on 18 attempts for 134 yards, the redshirt sophomore accounted for one touchdown. While it’s not wise to buy into a performance in the Spring, Kendall also threw an interception. Despite the knock, the quarterback showcased the ability to run exceptionally well. Deceptively elusive, Kendall racked up 32 yards on five attempts when rushing the ball.
His counterpart, Murray threw the ball 21 times and connected with the receiver 11 times as well. The effort produced 85 yards through the air as the athlete attempted to remove any accuracy concerns. Expected to be electric on the ground, the speedster ran the ball nine times for a total of 35 rushing yards. Not quite the day many expected from Murray on the day. Yet, it was a game of touch — something that should carry hefty weight in the comparison.
After the game, Lincoln Riley told the media, “I thought early in the spring Kyler was playing pretty well and playing a little better than AK, which is to be expected. Austin has started to settle in this last half of spring. He’s played really well. He did a lot of nice things today. It’s neck-and-neck right now without a doubt.”
Left wondering if the 2018 MLB Draft would remove Murray from the equation, the Oakland A’s selected the Sooner with No. 9 overall pick. Putting a $4.7M contract in front of the outfielder, Murray inked his name. But, that only removed the dual-sport star from the collegiate baseball circuit. Furthermore, the quarterback vowed to return to the gridiron and the Athletics are on board with the decision.
Needless to say, there’s no sense in putting your body and a $4.7M contract on the line if you’re not guaranteed the starting quarterback role. Knowing the future is baseball, it’s impossible to think Murray returned to school for garbage duty. I fully believe that behind a closed door, Lincoln Riley and the coaching staff reached a unanimous verdict. Walking out in unity, holding an official offer, there was only one act remaining incomplete — the pitch. Clearly, the pitch was well received as it appears that Murray agreed.
Make no mistake, Kyler Murray will trot out with the offense on September 1. no questions asked!