Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin wasn’t thrilled to hear that Kyler Murray won Oklahoma’s starting quarterback job. Already on record for saying that Murray should change his mind and play pro baseball instead, FAU’s second-year coach admitted that OU’s two-sport star would be a problem for his defense.
“He’s a problem,” Kiffin said in a Palm Beach Post article . “These are the guys you want to play the least. People that give you all those problems are the guys who, when plays don’t happen in rhythm like a plays in football, especially college (don’t), they have the ability to get out of trouble and you can cover everybody and have the play matched perfect and the guy still takes off and runs for 15 yards.”
Murray only has one start under his belt for the Sooners and hasn’t really played significant football since his freshman season at Texas A&M in 2015. Lack of experience isn’t giving Kiffin any extra confidence though.
“Not having a lot of starts, a lot of time under him used to be more of an advantage than it is,” Kiffin said. “I think because offenses nowadays are spread out and aren’t as complicated … All of the things why people used to have to wait and younger quarterbacks didn’t play and inexperienced quarterbacks play struggled (at first), that’s kind of changed now when you run systems like they do or we do.”
Oklahoma opens the 2018 season this Saturday against Florida Atlantic.