By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray has entered the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray, who won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, had until midnight on Monday, January 14th to make his intentions known.
He was the ninth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft. He received a $4.6 million signing bonus from the team.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Murray actually submitted his paperwork on Monday. He informed the Athletics he wanted to “follow his heart.” Oakland made a last-ditch effort to convince Murray to stick with baseball.
Murray could be a first-round draft pick in the NFL. New Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he would draft Murray with the top pick in the draft if he could.
After Baker Mayfield was the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Murray took the reins of the Sooners offense. He went 260 of 377 for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In December, Murray won the prestigious Heisman Trophy award in New York City. He beat out Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the award.
The Sooners became the first school with two different winners to win the award in back-to-back years. Archie Griffin is the only player in Heisman history to win the award in back-to-back years.
Murray played for the Texas A&M Aggies and the Sooners in his collegiate career. In 29 games, he went 350 of 519 for 5,406 yards with 50 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
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