Heisman hopeful Kyler Murray doubles down on 2-sport dream

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Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and Kyler Murray?

The Oklahoma quarterback is intrigued by the potential of becoming a member of that unique group of two-sport stars.

“I might like to [play football and baseball professionally]. I wish to preserve my choices open so long as doable,” Murray stated Friday on the New York Inventory Alternate on the eve of the Heisman Trophy announcement.

“If that was doable, I might undoubtedly be open to it. On the subsequent stage, it’s going to be far more tough. However I might like to do it.”

Murray, thought-about a slim favourite to win the Heisman over fellow quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins, was taken ninth total within the MLB draft by the Athletics final June. The speedy 5-foot-10 heart fielder signed a contract with a $4.6 million signing bonus final June that included a stipulation he would play school soccer this yr for Oklahoma and report back to spring coaching in February.

That continues to be the plan. However may that plan embrace Murray exploring the NFL as nicely? Lately, he has left the door open, saying he and his dad and mom would at the least weigh NFL choices as soon as his season is over with the Sooners. He has used the phrase “as of now” repeatedly to speak about his future specializing in baseball.

Oakland Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Taking batting observe with the A’s in June after being picked by Oakland within the MLB draft.AP

Murray, a redshirt junior, stated he’s uncertain whether it is doable to play each sports activities and has but to resolve if he’ll declare for the NFL draft, nevertheless it’s a dream he hasn’t given up on.

“It will be an incredible problem, however I might undoubtedly be up for it,” stated Murray, who led the Sooners to the Large 12 title and a spot within the School Soccer Playoff, main the nation in whole yards (4,945), factors accountable for (306) and passing effectivity (205.7).

NFL draft consultants are torn on Murray. ESPN’s Todd McShay stated Murray can be a first-round choose if he entered the draft. Mel Kiper Jr., additionally of ESPN, stated he can be a second-round choose. Others view him as extra of an extended shot. The knock on Murray is his dimension, a story he scoffed at.

“I don’t assume it could be a drawback in any respect,” he stated. “[The experts] just like the previous methods, you bought to be tall to achieve success. … I don’t see why it could be a problem. Folks doubt me as a result of I’m small. I feel the entire top factor is overrated.”

There’s just one method for him to show it. And by the sound of it, Murray is at the least eager about exploring a profession in each baseball and soccer.

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