In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will leave the University of Oklahoma for good in the spring. The heir apparent to Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, Murray will have one last season of college football wearing crimson and cream before he becomes a professional baseball player.
Murray was drafted ninth overall, by the Oakland Athletics, in last week’s MLB Draft and agreed to sign for right around the draft-slot value for his pick, at about $4.6 million according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to the report, Murray and the Athletics reached an agreement that he will forgo the final of his two remaining years of college football and report to spring training in Mesa, Ariz to begin his baseball career.
Murray, a consensus 5-star recruit out of high school, played in seven games for the Sooners last season, making one start. Both he and the Oakland Athletics have taken out insurance policies to protect themselves in the event of a career-ending injury while playing for Oklahoma this fall.