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Kyler Murray
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Murray in 2019
No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1997-08-07) August 7, 1997 (age 22)
Bedford, Texas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Allen (TX)
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2019
Passing attempts:54
Passing completions:29
TDINT:2–1
Passing yards:308
Passer rating:75.2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Kyler Cole Murray (born August 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He previously played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners. He also played as an outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team. He won the 2014 Gatorade Football Player of the Year award as a senior in high school, and the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, Davey O'Brien Award, and Heisman Trophy awards for his 2018 season with Oklahoma, in addition to numerous others.

He was drafted first overall by the Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft, as well as ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft, making him the only player to ever be drafted in the first rounds of both sports.

High school career

Football

Murray was born in Bedford, Texas, to Kevin Murray and Misun Henderson.[1] He attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas.[2] As a senior in 2014, he was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year.[3][4] His team won three straight state championships and 43 games in a row. He missed one start during this streak and finished his career with a perfect 42–0 record as a starting quarterback.[5]

Murray was ranked by ESPN, Scout.com, and 247Sports as a five-star recruit and the best dual-threat quarterback in his class.[6][7] In May 2014, he committed to Texas A&M University to play college football and college baseball.[8][9][10] He officially signed with them on February 4, 2015.[11]

Statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2012 Allen 153 249 61.4 2,004 17 5 188 1,370 7.3 25
2013 Allen 207 325 63.7 3,669 46 9 151 1,274 8.4 19
2014 Allen 278 433 64.2 4,713 54 8 151 1,495 9.9 25
Total 638 1,007 63.4% 10,386 117 22 490 4,139 8.4 69
Source:[12]
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kyler Murray
QB
Allen, Texas Allen HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 4.5 May 28, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 9 (QB)   Rivals: 5 (QB)  ESPN: 1 (Dual-threat QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Texas A&M Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  • "2015 Texas A & M College Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015.

Baseball

Murray also played baseball and was considered one of the top prospects for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. In high school, Murray was a shortstop and a second baseman. He was the first player to ever be selected for both the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and Under Armour All-America Football Game.[13][14]

College career

Football

Texas A&M

Kyler Murray on Oct 31, 2015

As a true freshman in 2015, Murray competed with Kyle Allen before the season for the starting quarterback position.[15] Allen won the job, with Murray appearing in games as a backup (primarily on plays involving the wildcat formation).[16] After the team lost two straight games in October, the competition was opened again prior to the South Carolina game, and Murray won the starting quarterback position.[17] In his first start, Murray threw for 223 yards and rushed for 156 yards with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, making him and Cam Newton the only Southeastern Conference quarterbacks in the past 20 years to gain over 100 yards passing and rushing, including a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in their first career start.[18] On December 24, 2015, Murray announced that he was transferring to the University of Oklahoma. Per NCAA transfer rules, he had to miss the 2016 season.[19]

Oklahoma

2017 season

Kyler Murray vs Texas October 2018

In the 2017 season, Murray was a backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield. He got the opportunity to play in some games in relief of Mayfield. He made his season debut in the season opener against UTEP. In the 56–7 victory, he came into the game in the second half and finished 10-of-11 for 149 yards and a touchdown.[20] Two weeks later, against Tulane, he hit all three pass attempts for 103 yards and a touchdown.[21] On November 25, against West Virginia, he started the game after Mayfield had to sit out some of the game due to disciplinary actions in the previous game against the Kansas Jayhawks. In the game, he hit both pass attempts for 52 total yards and a touchdown while contributing 80 rushing yards on three carries.[22]

2018 season

Without Mayfield, Oklahoma considered Murray and Austin Kendall to start at quarterback in 2018.[23] Murray was chosen as the starting quarterback.[24] He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the 2018 regular season. In December 2018, Murray was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the best collegiate football player in the country, giving Oklahoma back-to-back Heisman winners.[25] Murray helped lead Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.[26][27] In the 2018 Orange Bowl, against Alabama, he had 308 passing yards and two passing touchdowns as the Sooners fell by a score of 45–34.[28]

College football statistics

Legend
Led the Big 12
Big 12 record
Led the NCAA
NCAA Record
Bold Career high
Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2015 Texas A&M 72 121 59.5 686 5 7 109.2 53 335 6.3 1
2016 Oklahoma
2017 Oklahoma 18 21 85.7 359 3 0 276.5 14 142 10.1 0
2018 Oklahoma 260 377 69.0 4,361 42 7 199.2 140 1,001 7.2 12
Total 350 519 67.4 5,406 50 14 181.3 207 1,478 7.1 13

Baseball

Murray opted out of the MLB draft after deciding to attend Texas A&M.[10] He was initially set to play as an infielder for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team in the 2016 season until he announced his departure from Texas A&M on December 17, 2015.[29]

Murray played for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team in 2017 as a left fielder. He had a .122 batting average and six runs batted in (RBIs) in 27 games.[30] In 2018, playing as a centerfielder, Murray batted .296 with 10 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.

Despite Murray's reported intention to continue his football career,[31] the Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the ninth overall selection of the 2018 MLB draft.[32] He signed a contract with the Athletics which includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.[33] Prior to his junior year with the football team, Murray said that he would report to spring training in 2019 to begin his professional baseball career.[33] However, following his Heisman Trophy-winning 2018 season, he would forgo his senior year and enter the NFL Draft. The A's retain his rights, should he return to baseball.[34]

Professional career

In January 2019, Murray announced that he would enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[35] On February 11, he announced his decision to focus on his football career, forgoing baseball.[36]

Some believed that Murray's pursuit of a football career at the expense of a potential one in baseball was a mistake because of his limited stature relative to a typical NFL quarterback.[37][38] At the NFL Combine, Murray was widely expected to measure under his listed height of 5'10".[39] Murray's final measurements were listed at 5'10 1/8" and 207 pounds, similar to that of Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson. Despite not taking part in individual drills at the combine, many saw Murray's draft stock improve because of his greater than expected measurements.[40][41][42] In contrast, NFL Network reporter Charley Casserly said that Murray had "the worst report I’ve ever heard on a top-ranked quarterback from the interview part of it",[43] though Murray's agent disputed this report.[44] Gil Brandt also questioned the veracity of Casserly's assertions.[45]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
5 ft 10 18 in
(1.78 m)
207 lb
(94 kg)
28 12 in
(0.72 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
20
All values from NFL combine[46][47]

Murray was drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft.[48][49] While at the same position for Texas Tech's football program, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that he would hypothetically spend the draft's top selection on Murray.[50] The pick also made Murray the first player to be drafted in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts,[51] the first time that two quarterbacks from the same university have gone in the first round in successive seasons with Baker Mayfield also being selected first in the 2018 NFL Draft[52] and the first sub-six foot tall quarterback selected number one in an NFL draft.

2019

Murray made his professional debut on August 9, 2019 in the first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, where he completed 6 of 7 passes for 44 yards.

Murray played his first regular season game on September 8, 2019 against the Detroit Lions, finishing with 308 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception as the game ended in a 27-27 tie.[53] Murray led the Cardinals to a comeback in the fourth quarter where there was a 16-point deficit which resulted in Murray joining Jake Plummer as the only Cardinals rookie quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.[54]

Personal life

Murray's father, Kevin Murray, was a quarterback at Texas A&M from 1983 to 1986.[55] His uncle, University of Texas alumnus Calvin Murray, is a former professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs.[56][57] Murray is a second-generation Korean American, with his maternal grandmother being a South Korean national.[58]

See also

References

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