If Oklahoma football fans have grown anxious this offseason worrying about whether quarterback Kyler Murray will stick around for the Sooners, at least they won’t have to worry about that after this season.
His agent says when this season is over, so is his career as an Oklahoma football player.
In a story published Saturday by The Athletic’s Jason Kersey, Scott Boras, Murray’s baseball agent, said “Kyler’s baseball career has a very defined path which includes playing football at OU for only the 2018 season.”
That very much mirrors what Murray himself reportedly said last month.
“When you get drafted, you’ve got one year to play football and your time’s up,” The Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber quoted Murray as saying during previous interviews. “I’ve been playing football my whole life. I don’t want to look at it like that. Obviously you’ve got to take it one day at a time, one play at a time. That’s how I’ve always played the game. Can’t get too ahead of ourselves.”
The Oakland Athletics drafted Murray with the ninth overall pick in June, then signed him to a contract which reportedly pays close to $5 million guaranteed and allows him to play football at Oklahoma this upcoming season. But the reports did not address what the contract said — if anything — about playing football after the 2018 season.
Murray, who turns 21 on Tuesday, hit .296 (56-for-189) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBIs, and a .398 on-base percentage in 51 games with Oklahoma in 2018. He also played in seven football games last fall, throwing for 359 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 18 of 21 passes. He is viewed by most as the favorite to replace 2017 Heisman winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starting quarterback this season.
Rising junior Austin Kendall is also a candidate for the starting job leading the Sooners’ offense.