Kyler Murray, projected to succeed with Heisman winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma's quarterback, will have a hard decision to make after compiling No. 9 in the MLB draft of Oakland Athletics on Monday.
Murray could write with Oakland – the assigned value of the ninth pick is $ 4,761,500 – and still plays at least this season for Sooners. NCAA rules allow athletes to play professional baseball and receive money from their pro baseball franchise while maintaining amateur status in football – provided all contracts and conversations with an agent are strictly specific to baseball and athletes do not enter any commercial agreement. Many, including Russell Wilson, have used this rule earlier.
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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said he expects quarterback Kyler Murray will play for Sooners this season, regardless of what's going on in next week's Major League Baseball draft.
OU's best candidate replacing a Heisman winner can currently be batting cleanup for Sooner baseball team. Or, Murray could question football and move on with A and Baseball.
Here are some important things to know about Murray and what his future could hold:
What makes Kyler Murray as unique as an athlete?
In baseball he has a combination of power and speed. Murray beat 10 home runs and stole 10 bases in the spring while manning center field for the first time in his baseball career. (Murray was a shortstop in high school.) In football, Murray's ability to both run and pass made him one of the most successful quarterbacks in Texas High School History. He led the Allen High School to three straight championships, which compiled a 42-0 record as a starter while passing over 10,000 career mats and rushing for another 4,100. As a result, Murray became the first athlete to play in both Under-Armor All-America soccer and baseball national high school all-star games.
How good can he be on the baseball diamond?
Depends on who you ask. But Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson said that Murray's upside is MLB All Star Andrew McCutchen. ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson said Murray could eventually become "a prime defender in the middle of the field because he has the speed most people do not have". A clearly agrees with Murray's upside.
Now he went to No. 9 all over the A century, will he still play football for Oklahoma this fall?
It's a million dollar issue. Sources in Oklahoma have been convinced that Murray would be in team this fall. Then nobody again turned him to top 10 of the draft. Just last week, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said that Murray would be with Sooners, regardless of what happened to the draft. It will be interesting to see what A's front office has to say in return.
Is there any chance that he could do it to the big ones in baseball and play in NFL?
unlikely. Partly because he is only 5-foot-10, Murray will not be an NFL quarterback. He would probably need to find another position, whether it is a slot recipient or cornerback. Murray's pro future has always been linked to baseball. And now he has been chosen as high of the Aas, he will likely focus his pro ambitions there, even though he continues his career at Gridiron.
What factors will he weigh in deciding which way to take?
It depends on what alternatives A's give him. Murray has wanted to play quarterback for Sooners this fall. If the A's give him a forward he will. If not then he will have a hard decision to make it probably will end him past football to move on to the A and start his baseball career.