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Former College Star To Challenge Kyler Murray For Starting Job

Former UCLA QBs Brett Hundley and Josh Rosen shake hands after game.

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals shakes hands with quarterback Brett Hundley #7 of the Seattle Seahawks after the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 20-17 at State Farm Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals didn't draft Kyler Murray No. 1 to ride the bench.

The former Oklahoma star and Heisman Trophy winner has impressed his teammates in his early tenure in Arizona. Come Week 1, most assume he'll be behind center in Kliff Kingsbury's offense.

One of his position-mates isn't just going to hand him the job, however. Former UCLA star and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley plans on making a run at the QB1 spot.

Hundley was a fifth round pick out of UCLA by the Green Bay Packers. He backed up Aaron Rodgers through 2017, and wound up making nine up-and-down starts during that final year, as Rodgers missed time due to injury.

Last summer, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, and signed a one-year deal with Arizona in March.

Brett Hundley recently spoke with TMZ Sports about his fit with the Cardinals, and his competition with Kyler Murray.

While Hundley seems to understand the deck is stacked against him, he made it clear that he intends to win the starting job.

"For me, my goal always is to start, no matter where I'm at, no matter what position it's in. I don't play to be second. I think that's my No. 1 goal, to get that starting job. At the same time, it's a competition for a reason."

That doesn't mean that he has any resentment towards Murray, or even that he won't help out the young quarterback. He told TMZ that he hopes to pass down what he's learned during his four NFL season, like Rodgers did for him in Green Bay, and went on to praise his new teammate.

"I take the same approach as Aaron took from me. You're always there, just as Ray Lewis said, 'knowledge began to pass along,' so I think the knowledge I have, I'm able to pass it along to him especially through this journey of his. The NFL isn't a sprint, it's a long distance marathon."

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"Unbelievable, unbelievable guy. Very very good young man. Very, very talented... and fast. So I'm sure everyone will see that. We saw it in college, he has some very quick feet, he makes some amazing throws, I think he's picking up this offense very well."

The full TMZ interview:

Hundley has thrown for 1,853 yards, nine touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 15 NFL games, all with the Packers in 2016 and 2017.

[TMZ]