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.
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.
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.
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.
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