According to reports, Oklahoma Sooners’ quarterback Kyler Murray said Monday that he is still electing to play baseball professionally and will give up football at the conclusion of this season.
Scott Boras, Murray’s baseball agent, told The Oklahoman that Murray is still committed to the idea of playing baseball after this season as the Sooners’ quarterback.
“Any judgments made as to him executing his contractual commitments, understand who Kyler is,” Boras stated. “He’s committed to his team at OU, and he’s also committed to the Oakland A’s.”
Murray believes he could play in the NFL. However, he is still sold on the opportunity of hitting the diamond in the MLB next year.
“As of now, that’s the plan,” Murray said.
Murray was selected with the ninth pick of the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft this summer. He agreed to a deal with the A’s that included a $4.66 million signing bonus. He will be an outfielder once he reports to the Athletics, but he’s been an absolute sensation this season with Oklahoma.
This year, Murray has thrown for 3,674 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing 70.6% of his passes. He has also ran for 853 yards and has 11 touchdowns. With these numbers =, Murray has been in talks of possibly winning the Heisman trophy this season. Oklahoma is 11–1 on this year and are one of many teams competing for what’s looked to be the final playoff spot.
“It’ll be an interesting question, what he and his family decide to do,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “… There’s different dynamics with it. If he plays QB if he chooses the football route, different from Bo, Deion. But he’s so athletically gifted in transitioning between the two (sports).”
Should he decide to remain in school, Murray will have one season of eligibility left.