02/18/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Kyler Murray hasn't decided what he will specifically do at the NFL combine, he said Monday at the Davey O'Brien Awards dinner. But if the Oklahoma quarterback decides to run the 40, he could become a big story. Asked about the last time he ran the 40, Murray said: "I haven't run a 40 in like two, three years. I ran a 4.3." So his Murray faster now? "I think so," he said. Only 11 players have ever broken 4.3 in the history of the combine. None was a quarterback. Murray said he's spoken with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley about his potential in the 40. "I've talked to him about it," Murray said. "But we haven't decided yet on what we're going to do." Riley has no doubts about Murray's ability at the next level.
"His speed, obviously, is off the charts," Riley said told NBC's Peter King. "He'll be the fastest quarterback in the NFL by a longshot the day he walks in the door. But on top of that, I think the things as a runner and athletically he brings, and his elite quickness, will be important. And then he just has a feel. He knows how to play the game. He knows when the moments are big and he needs to strain to get a first down. He's not going to take unnecessary hits." - Dallas News
02/18/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Now that Kyler Murray has decided to play in the NFL instead of reporting to spring training as a first-round draft pick by baseball's Oakland Athletics, the questions can shift to the Heisman Trophy winner's height. The former Oklahoma star says everyone will get their answer at the NFL combine next week. And that was after Murray listed himself at 5-foot-10 Monday before accepting the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top college quarterback. Murray said being projected as a first-rounder as a quarterback shorter than 6-foot is "crazy to me," while adding he hasn't "seen that since I've been alive." The 21-year-old who was a state championship-winning high school quarterback in the Dallas area said he "wasn't looking very good for the NFL side of things" before his standout season with the Sooners. Murray's only previous college experience was a rough freshman season at Texas A&M. - AP College Football
02/18/19 - (WR) - *Marquise Brown, Jr, 5-10, 168 Former Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown will not be able to show off his speed later this month at the NFL scouting combine. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown recently had surgery to repair a lisfranc injury and will not be able to participate in the combine or Oklahoma's pro day. Brown essentially confirmed the news with a quote tweet response to Schefter. It's possible Brown suffered the injury in Oklahoma's win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship. Brown attempted to play on his injured foot in the Sooners' Orange Bowl loss to Alabama, but was ineffective and eventually was replaced by Charleston Rambo. Despite dealing with a few different injuries over the course of the season, Brown totaled 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season with Oklahoma. He's currently projected to be a first-round pick, although it's unclear how his lack of participation in the combine will impact his draft stock. - Dallas News
02/16/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. One Heisman Trophy winner to another. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray, who won the Heisman last year in his lone season as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to the gridiron despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.
After arriving Saturday at the Mets' spring training camp, Tebow said he interviewed Murray a few months ago in his job as a college football television analyst and the two have gotten to know each other. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida. "Kyler, I think he's a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him," Tebow said. "He loves two sports and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he's been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you're passionate about." - AP College Football
02/13/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball. That is exactly what happened. On the day the A's started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL. "I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray tweeted. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."
Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns last season as the Sooners landed a second straight College Football Playoff berth. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in Bowl Subdivision history. He declared himself eligible for April's NFL draft last month. He is not a prototypical NFL quarterback at just 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but his skills make him an intriguing option. The A's thought so, too. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. Murray must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714. - AP College Football
01/29/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 The Oakland Athletics remain hopeful of seeing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in their uniform when spring training begins next month. While the Oklahoma quarterback declared for the NFL draft last week, the prized outfielder and 2018 first-round draft pick could report to A's spring training in Mesa, Arizona. He has an invite to big league camp. "As we're sitting here right now we expect him to be in spring training," A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday, a day before the club's Fan Fest. "Now, look, he has opened up some doors for himself that the world is literally his oyster right now, and I will be for whatever he chooses to do. The football thing, you win the Heisman Trophy and you get drafted in the first round, how often does that happen? He is that type of athlete and he's going to have a great career in whatever he chooses to do, and we will support whatever he chooses to do. But at this point in time we haven't heard anything different and I'm expecting him to be in spring training. If something changes in the meantime then we deal with it." - AP College Football
01/29/19 - (QB) - Jalen Hurts, Jr, 6-1, 218 Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do these days. Instead, he stuck it out and delivered a moment for the ages. After Tagovailoa went down with an injured ankle during the SEC title game against Georgia, Hurts rallied the Crimson Tide to victory. "Could not be more impressed with Jalen Hurts, how he handled that," Riley said as Oklahoma prepared to face Alabama in the playoff last month. "Big fan of that kid and how that entire situation was managed."
Riley will get to know Hurts a lot better soon: The quarterback announced Wednesday in a story in the Players' Tribune that he will transfer to Oklahoma. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. "So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y'all don't know me yet... but just for now, to introduce myself: I'm a motivated coach's son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball," Hurts wrote. Hurts leaves Alabama with 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns passing and 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. If he starts for the Sooners in their wide-open offense, more huge numbers are possible. - AP College Football
01/14/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday. Murray announced his decision in a tweet, ending his brief and storied college career. What's next for the Murray is not yet known. The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June and agreed to $4.66 million signing bonus. The A's agreed to let him continue playing football, and he made the most of it by winning the Heisman in his only season as a starter for the Sooners. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history.
As Murray dominated, his draft stock improved. Jim Callis, a senior writer on MLB.com, said the A's couldn't have foreseen that Murray would be a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his size. Listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, Murray would be a small quarterback in the NFL by any standard. "The primary risk was, what if he gets hurt on the football field?" Callis said, recalling his conversations with scouts before the season. "I don't think anybody was saying he could be an NFL first-round pick." Once the NFL emerged as a potential option for Murray, the A's took action. Representatives of the A's and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Murray, and the possibility existed that Oakland could offer more money by putting him on the 40-man major league roster. Even with the A's efforts, Murray would have a shot at a bigger payday sooner in football and he wouldn't have to go to the minor leagues. - AP College Football
01/13/19 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, a day before the Oklahoma quarterback's deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the meeting was not made public. Oakland executives remained confident as recently as the baseball winter meetings last month in Las Vegas that Murray would report to spring training this year and pursue baseball. MLB joined the efforts to persuade the dual-sport star, sending someone from its marketing group to the meeting, the source said.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Murray's Sooners lost in a college football playoff semifinal Dec. 29 to eventual runner-up Alabama. Drafted last June in the first round as the ninth overall pick, the outfielder signed with Oakland for $4.66 million. There was an agreement between the team and Murray that he would play football this year, then skip his senior season to begin his pro baseball career - and A's manager Bob Melvin as well as executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football in 2018. "I can't put it into words. Just thankful," Murray said after the draft. "That's a huge deal, the organization letting me do that." - AP College Football
01/13/19 - (QB) - Austin Kendall, rSo, 6-1, 219 Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall has entered the NCAA transfer database portal. A university spokesperson confirmed Kendall's entry Friday. Other schools can now contact Kendall. He has already graduated, so he would be eligible to play immediately. Kendall was Baker Mayfield's backup in 2016 and battled Kyler Murray for the starting job into fall camp this past season. Murray won the job and eventually won the Heisman Trophy. Kendall completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns without an interception at Oklahoma. Oklahoma still is strong at quarterback. Spencer Rattler, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2019, signed with the Sooners last month. Tanner Mordecai, a freshman this past season, was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals. - AP College Football
01/09/19 - (OG) - *Bobby Evans, rJr, 6-4, 301 Oklahoma left tackle Bobby Evans says he will skip his senior year and declare for the NFL draft. Evans made the announcement in a social media post on Wednesday. Evans was a second-team All-Big 12 selection this season, helping the Sooners lead the nation in total offense. The 6-foot-5, 301-pound redshirt junior from Allen, Texas, started 40 games in three seasons. "I am incredibly grateful for the growth, wisdom and the invaluable experiences over the past four years," Evans said in the post. - AP College Football
01/09/19 - (QB) - Jalen Hurts, Jr, 6-1, 218 Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has taken an important step toward transferring. Hurts entered his name into the NCAA transfer database portal on Wednesday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the NCAA list is not publicly accessible. Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Hurts, who has already graduated and is eligible to play his final season as a graduate transfer. It's not a binding decision to transfer. Hurts, a dual threat as a runner and passer, will likely be a hot commodity. He was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman. Alabama lost to Clemson in the national championship game Monday night.
Hurts is likely to join other high-profile quarterbacks in moving to other schools. Georgia freshman Justin Fields , who had been one of the nation's top recruits, has enrolled at Ohio State and former Clemson starter Kelly Bryant picked Missouri. Hurts has not publicly discussed his plans beyond this season. Before the Tide's semifinal game against Oklahoma he would only offer "my story's still unfolding. Just wait to see what's next." Asked ahead of the title game, Hurts had nothing to say. He turned and walked away. He became even more popular with Alabama fans for staying put and contributing to the offense throughout the season. If Hurts had played in four games or fewer, he could have preserved a second year of eligibility. "I think a lot of people recognize the fact that he put the team first," Alabama coach Nick Saban said before the playoffs. - AP College Football
01/02/19 - (WR) - *Marquise Brown, Jr, 5-10, 168 Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown will skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Brown made the announcement Wednesday on social media. Brown, whose cousin is Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, is nicknamed "Hollywood" for his flashy play and the name of his hometown, Hollywood, Florida. In two seasons, he caught 132 passes for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. He leaves sixth in school history in career yards receiving. This season, he joined Ryan Broyles as the only Oklahoma receivers to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season more than once. He's only listed at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, but after a breakout sophomore season, he got stronger in the offseason and improved his route running. This season, he caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 scores and was named a first-team AP All-American. The yardage total was fourth in school history for a single season. - AP College Football
12/26/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 QB Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner, skipped Oklahoma's media availability on Wednesday because he wasn't feeling well, a school spokesman said. Murray and the No. 4 Sooners (12-1) will bid to upend No. 1 Alabama (13-0) on Saturday (8 p.m. ET). Oklahoma offensive coordinator Cale Gundy didn't offer much insight into what is plaguing Murray.
12/21/18 - (OG) - Dru Samia, Sr, 6-5, 304 Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Award, given to the team with the best offensive line in the country. The Sooners were announced Tuesday as the winner of the fourth Joe Moore Award, named after the late offensive line coach for Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. The other finalists were Alabama and Georgia. The Sooners' line, coached by co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh, paved the way for the most productive offense in the country and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Oklahoma's line features tackles Bobby Evans and Cody Ford, a third-team All-American; guards Ben Powers and Dru Samia, a second-team All-American; and center Creed Humphrey. - AP College Football
12/09/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 QB Kyler Murray claimed the Heisman Trophy, college football's most coveted award, on Saturday night in New York City after passing for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns while accounting for nearly 5,000 total yards in leading the Sooners into the College Football Playoff this season. Murray received 2,167 total points and 517 first-place votes. Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished second with 1,871 points, the highest total for a runner-up, and 299 first-place votes. Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a distant third in the voting with 783 points. Murray follows Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in taking home the award. Mayfield went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Not since Army's Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945-46 have two players from the same school officially won the prestigious honor in back-to-back years. USC won in 2004 and 2005 with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, but Bush's trophy was vacated.
Murray might have a chance to follow in Mayfield's footsteps, but he was selected in June as the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics and has said he plans to pursue a career in the sport next year. With one season of college football eligibility remaining, Murray could return to Oklahoma next season, but that appears to be a distant possibility. It's likely he'll either choose baseball or enter the NFL Draft.
12/04/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 QB Kyler Murray was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists.
Murray and Tagovailoa will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the fourth-ranked Sooners and No. 1 Crimson Tide square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.
12/01/18 - (WR) - *Marquise Brown, Jr, 5-10, 168 WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma's leading receiver who has battled an ankle sprain for most of the season, left Saturday's 39-25 victory over Texas with an injury. Brown limped to the bench late in the third quarter after taking a bit hit following a reception. The junior returned to the bench on crutches and in street clothes during the fourth quarter. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley did not have any immediate details, calling it a "lower-body injury.''
11/24/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn't any different against No. 12 West Virginia. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns to support another brilliant performance by Kyler Murray and the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night to earn a spot in next week's title game. Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) survived a wild and mostly defenseless affair that featured 1,372 yards of offense to earn a rematch Dec. 1 in Arlington, Texas, against No. 11 Texas, which beat Kansas earlier Friday. "We'll certainly be excited to play those guys," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "But, more than anything, one huge goal we set out was we want to be the only team ever to win four of these in a row."
Oklahoma also kept its College Football Playoff chances alive. The Sooners remain the only Big 12 team that West Virginia (8-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP) hasn't beaten since the Mountaineers joined the league in 2012. Oklahoma players sang West Virginia's anthem, John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the way to the locker room after the game. "It was fun," Murray said. "There's no other way to describe it." Murray finished 20 of 27 for 364 yards and three touchdown passes and converted a late fourth down to seal a matchup of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. West Virginia's Will Grier threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 539 yards on 32 of 49 passing. But Grier lost two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns. - AP College Football
11/20/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Three Big 12 football student-athletes have been named finalists for major national awards. Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State) and Will Grier (West Virginia) received recognition among college football's top performers. Wallace has been named one of three national finalists for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award. This prestigious award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football, regardless of position. Wallace leads the nation in 10-yard catches, yards per reception, 100-yard and 200-yard games.
Murray and Grier were named finalists for the 82nd Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. Murray has completed 72 percent of his passes and rushed for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns while leading the Sooners to a 10-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking. Grier has passed for 3,325 yards and 33 touchdowns, leading the Mountaineers to a No. 12 national ranking. Murray is also in the running for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The junior, who has amassed more than 4,000 total yards of offense, is OU's fourth straight Davey O'Brien finalist. The Biletnikoff, Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards will be announced live on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 6, 2018. - Big 12 football
11/18/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Kyler Murray lifted Oklahoma - and boosted his Heisman Trophy campaign - with a big finish. The sixth-ranked Sooners used every bit of offense from Murray to overshadow a huge game from Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. in Oklahoma's 55-40 victory Saturday night Murray accounted for two of his five touchdowns in the fourth quarter. "He's a special player," Kansas coach David Beaty said. "That Heisman needs to go to him." Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) moved closer to a spot in the conference championship game in Murray's likely final home game. The Sooners earn a trip to the Big 12 title game for the second straight year by beating West Virginia on the road on Black Friday or if Kansas beats Texas. That came just days after Oklahoma began a campaign for the baseball first-round draft pick centered around a classic image of Bo Jackson in shoulder pads while holding a baseball bat. "I don't know whose idea it was, but I felt good about it," Murray said. "It was fun. It was a once-in-a-lifetime deal." - AP College Football
11/12/18 - (RB) - Kennedy Brooks, rFr, 5-11, 205 NOV 12 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Kennedy Brooks, RB, R-Fr., Oklahoma,...Brooks ran for 165 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on just 15 carries to help propel the Sooners to a 48-47 win over Oklahoma State. The freshman rushed 10 times for 152 yards over the final three quarters, including 74 yards on five carries in the fourth. - Big 12 football
11/11/18 - (QB) - *Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195 Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat Oklahoma State 48-47 on Saturday. Taylor Cornelius connected with Tylan Wallace on a 24-yard touchdown pass to cut Oklahoma's lead to one with 1:03 to play. Oklahoma State went for two, but Cornelius threw short and into coverage, and the pass fell incomplete. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was confident in his decision to go for two. "As the game was going back and forth, on the road, struggling stopping them - probably the best thing," he said. "Had a shot at it, just didn't make a good throw." Oklahoma recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns, Trey Sermon ran for 124 yards and two scores and Marquise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP). - AP College Football
11/05/18 - (RB) - Marcelias Sutton, Sr, 5-08, 192 RB Marcelias Sutton broke his leg in practice the week before the win over Texas Tech and will miss the remainder of the season. With Sutton's absence, the Sooners have just three healthy scholarship running backs.
11/05/18 - (K) - Austin Seibert, Sr, 5-09, 209 K/P Austin Seibert set the NCAA record for both PATs made and attempted with his first extra point last week against Texas Tech. Seibert is four points away from tying Oklahoma's career scoring record set by Michael Hunnicutt. Seibert is currently No. 8 in NCAA career scoring among kickers.