Athletics

Athletics

Fittingly, the final play of Kyler Murray's electric 2018 season for the Oklahoma Sooners saw him waltzing into the end zone. 

Murray read the Alabama defense and took off for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter. He wouldn't see the ball again in Oklahoma's 45-34 loss to Alabama in the Orange Bowl. 

The A's top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft showed off his speed all year in his Heisman-winning season. Even in a loss, Murray made history with his legs. 

Murray and the Sooners started off slow and trailed the Crimson Tide 21-0 after the first quarter, and 28-0 shortly after. After the first quarter though, they outscored Alabama 34-24. On the night, Murray completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 417 yards and three touchdowns through the air while adding another score on the ground to go with his 109 yards rushing.

 

Though he came short of his goal of national championship, Murray put together one of the greatest seasons in college football history. He finished his junior year with 4,361 yards passing, 1,001 yards rushing, and 54 total touchdowns.

Now, will he report to spring training, try his hand at the NFL, or possibly both? 

“I really haven’t even thought about it right now,” Murray said to reporters when asked the NFL draft. “Sorry about that.”

Underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to decide on the 2019 NFL Draft. Until then, A's fans will be waiting, but not so patiently.