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Oklahoma Has Named Kyler Murray Its Starting Quarterback

An Oklahoma Sooners football helmet on the field.

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 18: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen during warmups before the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats October 18, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated the Sooners 31-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

The wait is over at Oklahoma. As expected, Kyler Murray will begin the season as the Sooners' starting quarterback.

Murray backed up Baker Mayfield last season and was expected to be a shoo-in to be a the starter this fall. However, Lincoln Riley had been hesitant to say the job was his as the redshirt junior competed with Austin Kendall this offseason.

Today it became official that Murray will lead the offense during the season opener against FAU on Sept. 1.

"Kyler did a really nice job in camp," Riley said via 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.

"We feel like we've got a great quarterback tandem there and we're really proud of the way that Austin has improved through the redshirt year last year and during camp. We're excited for Kyler and his opportunity and the team looks forward to getting ready for FAU."

This fall will be Murray's last season in Norman. A two-sport star, Murray was a top-10 pick of the Oakland Athletics in June's MLB Draft.

A speedy outfielder, Murray will begin his baseball career with the A's in 2019. At that point, he will leave football behind.

Last season, Murray threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in limited duty. He also rushed for 142 yards, including a 66-yard scamper in the Sooners' win over West Virginia.

A five-star recruit in the class of 2015, Murray began his college career at Texas A&M. He played in eight games (three starts) as a true freshman before transferring to OU.