Under Armour All-American Alum and Current Oklahoma Sooner Quarterback Kyler Murray a Heisman Hopeful
It’s not often you see a dynamic athlete take the world by storm in multiple sports, but that’s exactly what 2014 Under Armour All-American, Kyler Murray is doing.
Murray, who just six months ago, was the Oakland Athletics first round draft selection (ninth overall pick), now has the University of Oklahoma Sooner football program two wins away from the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
In just his second season in Norman, Murray is following in the footsteps of last year’s Heisman trophy winner and former teammate, Baker Mayfield, and has positioned himself as a top-three finalist, along with Alabama’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, for the 84th annual Heisman Trophy presentation, when the announcement is made this Saturday night, December 8th at 8:00 PM in New York City.
While he has yet to step between the white lines on a professional baseball field, Murray has been as advertised and much more as the starter this year for the Sooners, throwing for 4,053 yards with 40 touchdowns, while completing nearly 71% of his passes. He gets it done with his legs too, rushing for 892 yards and 11 scores.
We think back to that 2014 Under Armour All-America Game and the legend grew that day for Kyler, who has long been known as an insanely talented two-sport prospect; he became the first player to be selected for both the Baseball and Football Under Armour All-America games.
He helped lead Allen High School to two Texas 5A state championships during his high school career and after wrapping up football practice as the team’s starting QB, jumped on a plane, bound for Chicago that night to perform at Wrigley Field in the baseball game. Getting to the stadium, Murray quickly took a few soft tosses in the cement concession area of Wrigley and in the eighth inning singled (see below), collecting two hits overall and stealing two bases in the 2-1 victory for the American squad.
He may be the hottest prospect that hasn’t played one inning of professional baseball, but that isn’t stopping Murray from continuing to get ready for the sport next spring. According to Baseball America, through his agent Scott Boras, Murray plans to be in Arizona for the start of spring training with the A’s in 2019. While that’s going on, it’s likely that Kyler could become a first round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, as one lucky team will cash in on this generational prospect.
We wish Kyler good luck this weekend and look forward in seeing what the future holds, whether he continues in the direction of football… or baseball…. or even both.