Presumptive Oklahoma starting quarterback Kyler Murray was drafted by the Oakland A's earlier this summer. Based on what has been said about the arrangement, that means this year will be his final one.
Apparently, Lincoln Riley thinks that may be a pliable situation.
On Friday, he insinuated that this coming season might not be Murray's last in Norman. From the Tulsa World:
“Well, I’m not gonna really … decide how I want to handle that … um, we’ll see if it’s his final year,” Riley said. “That hasn’t really been determined yet. I’m not worried about it if it is or if it isn’t. That’s gonna have no impact on this year.”
“Well, like I’ve said the whole time, I’ve stayed out of the negotiation stuff with the A’s. That’s not my business. It’s his business,” Riley said. “My hope through this whole thing is that Kyler is gonna be able to do what he wants to do. If he wants to go play baseball after this year, then we’ll wish him well and be happy for him. But the ball’s gonna be in his court, which is where it should be.”
Lincoln Riley's quote about Kyler Murray is apparently news to the quarterback/baseball star's agent Scott Boras.
He spoke Jason Kersey of The Athletic. The full article is behind the subscription site's paywall, but Kersey dropped the gist on Twitter.
Murray indicated that he was all set to make this his final football season. From The Oklahoman:
“When you get drafted, you’ve got one year to play football and your time’s up,” Murray said. “I’ve been playing football my whole life. I don’t want to look at it like that. Obviously you’ve got to take it one day at a time, one play at a time. That’s how I’ve always played the game. Can’t get too ahead of ourselves.”
Murray, who began his college career at Texas A&M, has long been a two-sport star.
After transferring to Oklahoma, he sat behind Baker Mayfield, but did impress in limited snaps during the 2017 season. He completed 18-of-21 throws on the year, for 359 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 142 yards on the ground.
Austin Kendall is his main competition for the starting job. The team also has No. 1 quarterback recruit Spencer Rattler, a five-star prospect, joining in the class of 2019.