Just like that, the Oklahoma Sooners might be the latest Big 12 team to head into the summer with a quarterback battle on their hands. During the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday night, the Oakland A’s selected OU outfield and quarterback Kyler Murray with the 9th overall pick.
Murray is coming off an outstanding baseball season in Norman. He hit .296 with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBI, a .398 on-base percentage, and a .556 slugging mark in 51 games.
Last summer, Murray played in 16 games in the Cape Cod league, racking up a pair of doubles and one home run, along with four stolen bases. In 2017, he only had 49 at bats with OU.
Murray sat out the 2016 football season following his transfer from Texas A&M, but he appeared in seven games last season behind Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and was widely expected to be Oklahoma’s starter heading into the 2018 season. But the baseball Gods appeared to have had other plans.
Murray could still return for his senior season and remain with the A’s or take his chances on another year in college. But does that make sense to leave millions on the table to play a sport that you are not as good at? I don’t think so.
If I’m Lincoln Riley, I’m at Memorial Stadium this evening tossing the pigskin around with Austin Kendall.