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Oklahoma Names Kyler Murray Starting QB vs. FAU

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma

In your least shocking news of the day, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has named Kyler Murray the starting quarterback for Week 1 against FAU.

“Kyler did a really nice job in camp,” said Riley in a press release. “It was really a great competition between Austin and him, one that we carried on longer than maybe even we expected because of how well both guys played. There weren’t a lot of differentiating factors in the end because both did play so well and so efficiently, but just felt like from an overall perspective that Kyler was just a little bit ahead.”

Riley insisted in recent weeks that Murray was in a quarterback battle with sophomore Austin Kendall, despite the fact that Murray had postponed millions of dollars from the Oakland A’s to come back and play football for a season.

Murray backed up Heisman winner Baker Mayfield last season and completed 18-of-21 for 359 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 142 yards.

Murray was once a highly-touted five-star prospect who originally attended Texas A&M before transferring. He was named the 2014 Gatorade National Player of the Year and went 43-0 as the starting quarterback at Allen High.

The Sooners open the season against Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic at 11 a.m. CST on September 1st.

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