The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
Yep, Kyler Murray is still playing football. The former five-star recruit and Texas A&M transfer pulled double duty this spring, competing for the backup quarterback job while playing for Oklahoma’s baseball team. He appears to have the edge over Austin “Basic Defense” Kendall following a stellar spring game in which he completed 9 of 13 passes for 144 yards and a 70-yard touchdown to Jeffrey Mead.
How can the Longhorns stop him?
In all likelihood, they won’t have to. But if something happens to Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield, Murray should provide a like-for-like replacement. At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, he’s even slighter in build than Mayfield but brings raw athleticism that made him the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback coming out of Allen High School. The fact he remains on the bench is why he’s ranked this low, but chances are the Sooners’ offensive scheme would remain similar with Murray.
Murray is only a redshirt sophomore, so Texas might have to deal with an elusive Oklahoma quarterback for years to come. The game plan: catch him if you can, and try to take advantage of an errant throw if it comes. And always have someone spying in case he tries to run.
Murray and Texas have yet to cross paths on the field, but there were some close calls in recruiting. His visit to Austin back in January 2015 nearly broke Twitter, and when he announced his intentions to transfer from Texas A&M some wanted the Longhorns to go after him. They didn’t, but that was before Tom Herman arrived.
Now Murray has played for both of Texas’ biggest rivals, and of course there’s family history. His father, Kevin Murray, starred for the Aggies from 1983-86. All of which makes this tweet worth bookmarking. It’ll come in handy, trust us.
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