Oklahoma mailbag: Is baseball a distraction for Kyler Murray?

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Jamie Anne asks, with Kyler Murray playing baseball and football do you think it’s wise for him to do both?

There is an interesting dynamic when it comes to Murray. There are some that believe Murray is jeopardizing his chance to be the Sooners’ next quarterback by playing baseball. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley isn’t in that group.

Fact is, Kyler Murray wouldn’t be at Oklahoma if it weren’t for baseball. He was an elite baseball prospect coming out of high school. He would have been an early round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft out of Allen (Texas) High School if he would’ve shown an interest in signing.

But Murray wanted to play football. Every school that recruited him coming out of high school or after he decided to transfer from Texas A&M following the 2015 season knew this.

It’s hard for some people to believe but Murray is a better baseball prospect than a football prospect. Being 5-foot-11 isn’t an issue in baseball. It’s a major drawback if you’re trying to become an NFL quarterback.

Another aspect to consider is it’s the spring. Oklahoma doesn’t play an actual football game until Sept. 1. The Sooners’ baseball season will end sometime in June. There’s plenty of time for Murray to lock in on football before the season begins.

Football remains Murray’s No. 1 priority. He doesn’t miss any football practices due to baseball. If he can handle the spring workload, there’s no reason he shouldn’t do it.

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