For the first time in three years, the Oklahoma Sooners enter the season without an incumbent at the quarterback position. On Wednesday afternoon, the coaching staff tabbed Kyler Murray as the starting quarterback for the home opener against Florida Atlantic on September 1st. The announcement leaves Austin Kendall in the backup role entering the Fall.
Kyler Murray named the starting quarterback for the season opener against Florida Atlantic.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 22, 2018
Although Lincoln Riley exudes confidence as far as the tandem is concerned, the head coach acknowledged the reasoning behind the decision. “It was really a great competition between Austin and [Murray], one that we carried on longer than maybe even we expected because of how well both guys played,” Riley said. “There weren’t a lot of differentiating factors in the end because both did play so well and so efficiently, but just felt like from an overall perspective that Kyler was just a little bit ahead.”
Based upon the statement, it appears as though the future of the program lies in good hands. The Sooners begin the pursuit of another championship on September 1 against the FAU Owls. Tune in at 11:00 AM CT for all the action and highlights.