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A's prospect Kyler Murray would rather win Heisman Trophy than World Series

A's prospect Kyler Murray would rather win Heisman Trophy than World Series

Hours before winning the Heisman Trophy, Kyler Murray was presented with a hypothetical.

The A's prospect/Oklahoma Sooners quarterback was asked whether he'd rather win a Heisman, or a World Series trophy. A's fans, you might want to look away. 

"I'd rather win a Heisman," Murray said. "I mean, no disrespect to a World Series, but ..."

Can you blame the kid? The 21-year-old became one of just over 80 college football players to win the Heisman, while (at least) 25 players win a World Series every season.  

Still, the answer came days after Murray hinted he was open to exploring an NFL future. 

"I think that's something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me," Murray told ESPN's Tim Tebow. "Right now my future is already kind of planned out, but we'll see what happens."

The A's drafted Murray ninth overall in June's draft, and agent Scott Boras told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser this week that the A's had nothing to worry about. 

“Kyler has every intention of fulfilling his agreement with the A’s, and he’s grateful he has had the chance to pursue his college goals,” Boras told Slusser. “He will be in spring training with the A’s.”

Now that his preferred is checked off his bucket list, maybe Boras' words will ultimately prove correct.

Kyler Murray wins 2018 Heisman Trophy; could he pick NFL over A's?

Kyler Murray wins 2018 Heisman Trophy; could he pick NFL over A's?

Add the Heisman Trophy to Kyler Murray’s growing list of accolades. Likely add increased speculation about his future, too.

Murray, an Oakland A’s prospect who also plays quarterback for Oklahoma, was voted the recipient of the Heisman, which is given to college football’s most outstanding player.

Murray beat out two other quarterbacks -- Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins -- for the award, which he received Saturday in New York. Being so honored will do nothing to quiet talk that he could change his mind and pick football over baseball.

This past summer, Murray signed a $4.66 million contract with the A’s, who drafted him No. 9 overall as an outfielder, and he has said he’ll join them for spring training next year. Scott Boras, Murray’s agent, said Thursday that his client remains committed to playing baseball.

“Kyler has every intention of fulfilling his agreement with the A’s, and he’s grateful he has had the chance to pursue his college goals,” Boras told The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. “He will be in spring training with the A’s.”

Murray himself hasn’t been as clear, though. He told ESPN last week that pursuing a football career is “something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me.” He also said Friday that he’d like to play both football and baseball, but he wasn’t sure if doing that would be possible.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to declare their intention to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. So, if Murray wants to pursue a football career, he’ll have to decide by that date. He also could decide to return to Oklahoma for his senior season, although that seems unlikely, given all the atention he has received as a potential first-round NFL draft pick.

[RELATED: Murray recreates iconic Bo Jackson photo in Heisman campaign]

Murray is listed at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but that slight size is countered by his unique play-making ability. In his first season as Oklahoma’s starting QB, Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns, and run for 892 yards and 11 more scores in 13 games.

Murray will lead the Sooners (12-1) against top-ranked Alabama (13-0) in the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl, with a berth in the Jan. 7 College Football Playoff national championship game on the line.

That game will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. A’s fans hope it won’t be the last time they see Murray play in the Bay.

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma selected to College Football Playoff field

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Kyler Murray, Oklahoma selected to College Football Playoff field

Kyler Murray’s college football career could end where he hopes his Major League Baseball career will begin -- in the Bay.

Oklahoma made the cut when the four-team College Football Playoff field was announced Sunday, so Murray and the Sooners (12-1) will play Alabama (13-0) on Dec. 29 in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Should they shock the top-ranked Crimson Tide, they’d advance to the national championship game Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

[RELATED: Murray recreates iconic Bo Jackson photo in Heisman campaign]

Murray signed a $4.66 million contract with the A’s last summer and has said he’ll join them after one season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback. That season has gone better than many might have believed: Murray should be a Heisman Trophy finalist after passing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns, and running for 892 yards and 11 more scores in 13 games.

“He is a very dynamic guy in terms of athletic ability, his quickness, his ability to make plays with his feet,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on ESPN, “and he’s turned into a really, really efficient passer who has good skill guys to make good plays to go along with the rest of their weapons.”

Murray’s athleticism has been on display all season, showing everyone why the A’s spent the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft on him. He’s an outfielder in baseball, and his swing looked pretty sweet during a visit to the Coliseum in June.

Clemson (13-0) will meet Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas, in the other CFB semifinal.

Some believed Ohio State (12-1) and even Georgia (11-2) deserved to be in the CFP field over Oklahoma. But there are just four spots, the 13-member selection committee made its decision, and now it’s up to Murray and the Sooners to do the work.