BEVO BEAT Football

Top opponents for Texas in 2018, No. 24: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

Posted July 10th, 2018

Advertisement

Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared  with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.

Who is he?

Oklahoma will have a larger following in the Bay Area than normal this fall. Quarterback Kyler Murray agreed to terms with the Oakland Athletics that guarantee him nearly $5 million while still allowing him to play football. Murray has said he will honor his commitment to Oklahoma before — presumably — heading to spring training in 2019. A’s fans will care less about his passer rating and more that he stays upright.

MORE: Texas vs. Oklahoma coverage from 2017

Advertisement

Few expect the two-sport star to match the exploits of 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, but Murray will still be the focal point of a talented offense. And he’s a proven winner. Fans of Texas high school football will remember that Murray went 42-0 as a starter at Allen. Then again, he still has to beat out Austin Kendall to win the starting job.

Highlights

What should the Longhorns watch for?

The case for Murray is that he’s a similar player to Mayfield: strong in the pocket and elusive outside of it. He completed 18 of 21 passes in backup duty last fall, and nearly 60 percent as a freshman at Texas A&M. The Longhorns will need to plan for Mayfield and hope Murray isn’t good enough to pick them apart like the former Lake Travis star did.

PHOTOS: Texas falls to rival Oklahoma 29-24

Past encounters

Murray faked out Texas fans by taking a late visit to Austin, only to choose Texas A&M, but has never seen action against Texas.

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.

Comments