A's top Draft pick shows off his football skills

Kyler Murray throws two TD passes, dazzles on 15-yard rush for Oklahoma

September 1st, 2018

Kyler Murray has yet to begin his pro baseball career, but the 21-year-old A's prospect took national audiences by storm on Saturday while quarterbacking No. 7-ranked Oklahoma in its 63-14 win against Florida Atlantic.

Murray, who was taken with the ninth overall pick in the MLB Draft and is Oakland's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, completed nine of 11 passes for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 65-yard strike to Marquise Brown, and had four rushes for 23 yards despite exiting before the end of the first half Saturday.

An outfield prospect who was touted as arguably the best athlete in this year's Draft, Murray is suiting up for the Sooners this season as part of an agreement with the A's, who are allowing the two-sport star to compete on the gridiron despite having signed a professional baseball contract worth nearly $5 million. Murray took the reins as the Sooners' starting quarterback this season.

Murray dances for exquisite 15-yard run

As part of the NCAA rulebook, Murray's football eligibility remains intact because he is being paid for a separate sport. Because he was paid as a baseball player, Murray is no longer eligible to play baseball at Oklahoma. Murray is represented by agent Scott Boras.

Murray displayed remarkable athleticism and showed signs that Oklahoma's offense may not have much of a tough time transitioning from Baker Mayfield, who led them to the College Football Playoff last year and won the Heisman Trophy before being selected by the Cleveland Browns with the top pick in the NFL Draft. As Mayfield's backup, Murray completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Murray, a redshirt junior, was a five-star football recruit out of Allen (Texas) High School and initially committed to Texas A&M to play both football and baseball, but he transferred after the '15 season and backed up Mayfield last fall after sitting out in '16. His father, Kevin Murray, played in the Minors with the Brewers.