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Oklahoma Coach Has Major Update On QB Competition

A closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners sweater.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners observes during warm ups before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated TCU 38-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Most assume that Kyler Murray will be the Week 1 starter for Oklahoma, taking over for Baker Mayfield, whose back-up he served as last year. He hasn't won the job yet, though, Lincoln Riley contends.

Austin Kendall, a former four-star recruit out of Charlotte, has also been impressive. Murray will also probably only have one year in Norman as the starter, should he win the job, after being selected by the Oakland A's in the first round of this year's MLB Draft.

Riley was asked about state of the quarterback battle. He says both guys have been at their best recently.

Lincoln Riley did lay out a bit of a timetable for when the Oklahoma quarterback battle between Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall will be decided.

It doesn't sound like he wants this thing to last into the regular season. From 247Sports (emphasis is mine):

“Still no timeline,” Riley said after practice Wednesday. “I haven’t seen a ton of separation. They’re both playing well. Today they both had a couple of the best days that they’ve had. So they’ve both been trending well here kind of as of late. The last four or five practices they’ve been probably both at their best. Yeah, so they’re taking advantage of it. We’re not repping the 3’s and 4’s quite as much anymore. We were already giving those guys a pretty good chunk of the reps, but going even more now.

“So yeah, we’ll just kind of see how it goes. Eventually you’re going to get to game week and have to do something by then. I mean, we’ll certainly do something before the first game, but other than that I think we’re gonna let it play out and we’ll give them a bunch of reps and we’ll see where it goes.”

Murray, who began his college career at Texas A&M, certainly has an experience edge. He played in eight games for the Aggies in 2015, completing 59.5-percent of his throws, and throwing for 686 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Last year, in relief of Mayfield, he was hyper-efficient. He was 18-for-21 for 359 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks. Murray is also dangerous on the ground, with 67 total rushes for 477 yards and a score.

Kendall made two appearances for the Sooners in 2016. He completed 16-of-22 throws for 143 yards and two touchdowns.