Murray gives baseball the Heisman, opts for football

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announced last week that he will enter the NFL Draft in April and commit to playing football rather than baseball.

The Oklahoma quarterback completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions yet still had been considering his option on the diamond. Murray was a first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2018.

Murray displays elite athleticism with his speed and throwing ability. He also has the football IQ to be a solid starting QB in the NFL. Many mock drafts have Murray getting selected in the middle to the end of the first round.

Even with his football success in college, Murray was a former five-star recruit in baseball coming out of high school and played well at Oklahoma.

When he was drafted by Oakland, Murray was a backup QB to Baker Mayfield. The A’s allowed Murray to play one more season of football.

Now, instead of playing in baseball’s minor leagues before getting a shot at the majors, Murray will get a shot in the NFL during a time when teams are building around young quarterbacks with dangerous offenses.

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