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Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray Updates His Plans For 2019

Kyle Murray walks off the field.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has the Sooners on the cusp of a Big 12 title, a College Football Playoff berth, and is a possible Heisman trophy candidate. But if you thought that was enough incentive for Murray to play football at the pro level, you are sorely mistaken.

In a press conference on Monday ahead of the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, Murray revealed that he still plans to pursue a career in baseball instead of football.

"As of now, that's the plan," Murray said, per ESPN, referring to his decision to play baseball.

Murray was the ninth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.

The quarterback has already agreed to a deal with the A's that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

Murray has excelled under Lincoln Riley this year.

The Sooners head coach compared Murray's situation to that of dual-sport legends Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders - who both transitioned back-and-forth between professional football and baseball.

"It'll be an interesting question, what he and his family decide to do," Riley said. "...There's different dynamics with it. If he plays QB if he chooses the football route, different from Bo, Deion. But he's so athletically gifted in transitioning between the two (sports)."

In his first year as a starter for the Sooners, Murray led the team to an 11-1 regular season record while completing over 70% of his passes for 34 TDs and rushing for over 800 yards and 11 TDs.