Kyler Murray

QB Oklahoma

5-10.1, 207, 

28 1/2" Arms,

The Most Dynamic Player In The FBS. But... 

By TOM

He struggled badly against the one real defense he played. "He's a special athlete, but it takes more than that," an Exec said. "We just don't know with him because he's had one year in the Big 12 with a great system. I like him, but I wouldn't be ready to risk my job for him yet." He completed one pass between the numbers beyond the LOS in that game. 

He is a "severely undersized" one year wonder, who didn't workout at the Combine. "Severely undersized, one-year starter with rare playmaking talent that could force general managers to reassess long-held notions about size and style for a franchise quarterback," Zierlein said. "Murray is like a complex burgundy with notes of Baker Mayfield, Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson in his play, but like any quarterback, he'll need to prove he can recognize disguised coverages and work on-time from the pocket to go from flash talent to playoff winner." He did not participate in the Oklahoma Pro Day either. 

He was the most electric player on the field last season. He reminds me of Mahomes, only smaller. But did he show flash over substance? To me that is the question. I watched three games of his the other day, and he didn't throw a single pass in the Box. You have to be able to work the whole field in the NFL to win. He didn't show he could see the middle of the field over the line inside. I wouldn't take him on my team. 

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Okay, let me get this straight, the Cards traded up to drafted a top ten QB last year, and are now going to use the Number One Overall pick on another QB? Rosen got an almost 11-Mil signing bonus on a 4-year deal. "I don't think we've ever signed a rookie day one," Michael Bidwell the Card's Prez said, "[Just] walking in the door." Sounds like love at first sight. 

Trading him puts on instant 8,158,776-bucks of wasted cash on the Cap in 2019. All three years of the salary bonus left hit the Cap at once. Three prorated years of $2,719,592.00. Rosen had a very unusual contract where he would get the minimum salary each year, and the rest up front in signing bonus. So trading him after his rookie year is a Cap disaster. 

Plus, Mayfield last year signed a four-year deal worth $32,682,980,00. Which averages 8,170,745 Cap cash. He signed a four year contract as well. He had a 480,000.00 Salary, and a signing bonus of 21,849,440.00. So his rookie Cap hit was 5,942,436.25. Mayfield's contract was about 3% higher than Myles Garrett's rookie contract in 2017. 

Which means a minimum bump up to $33,664,499.40 for Kyler Murray. About a quarter of that will be on the Cap this year as well 8,416.124.85. That is a Cap hit of 16,586,869.85 for two rookie QBs, only one of which will be on the team. All the speculation leaves out the glorious fact that GMs loose their jobs when the QB they draft in the top ten sucks.

What rookie QB has sucked worse than being picked in the top ten, then traded the next year after he was drafted? Name one! Where the GM still held onto his job!

What does Tyler Murray get if he signs. Does he get the same bump-up from the Mayfield contract (about 3%)? Now maybe Steve Keim will get away with it, because he already fired his HC from last season. He can pin the blame him for going from top ten worst team in the League to Number One worst team on his former HC Steve Wilks. 

Cards owner Bidwell said, "[I have] a lot of confidence [Keim]." GMs who draft a QB in the top ten get fired if the QB they chose fails. Trading Rosen after his rookie season can only be read as an utter failure by Keim. "I have confidence in myself to get this turned around," Keim said. After he signed Rosen. 

Now he wants to trade his signature Draft Pick? A QB who he used a top-10 pick on? After his rookie season? And use the Number One Overall Pick he earned by GMing his team to the worst record in the NFL? A record so bad that he fired the HC he just signed last year as well? And don't forget Keim gave up a 3rd and a 5th to trade up to pick ten to take Rosen. 

So you're talking about throwing away a 1st, 3rd, and 5th from last years Draft. When you release three of you top six picks the next year (they had two 3rd round picks)? That is classified as a complete, absolute, and utter failure. "The danger is?" Mike Lombardi said. "You start to shop Rosen, and everyone knows you’re picking Murray." So no one offers a reasonable price, like a 1st, 3rd, and 5th. 

Trading Rosen? And don't get your wires crossed, if you plan to take Murray? Rosen HAS to be gone. Drafting Murray is an admission that three of your top picks from less than a year ago are complete, absolute, and utter failures. That is how you get fired as a GM. 

And on top of that...

There is no greater admission of utter failure for a GM then firing your HC after one year, and trading the rookie QB you just traded up in the top ten to snag on as well. Keim's two most important decisions will be forever classified as complete and utter failures in less than a year! What the hell are Draftnics talking about? 

Keim cannot hold onto his job if he trades Rosen. If he trades Rosen he will not survive. He can blame the worst record in the NFL last season on his fired one-year HC. But he cannot blame Rosen on him as well. 

Rosen is his signature move. His signature Cap hit. His signature trade-up in the Draft. His signature QB. Keim had better think this over very carefully. Drafting a rookie QB can give a GM a few advantages. One, it provides a reason to expect a brighter future. GONE! Two, starting a rookie QB ensure a bad record the next season, which allows another top Draft pick to help the team (Like Montez Sweat). GONE! 

Loosing both those franchise saving athletes for an aberration at QB is another example of Keim's inability to make a proper franchise saving decision under pressure. Or what some might call an unwise move. And he is gone. 

Only one other QB has succeeded at height Murray's in the NFL since Fran Tarkenton! If you try and build your team with players who you see as the exceptions to the rule than you will have a lot of players who do not fit the physical requirement to play in the NFL. Some will work. Most will not. I hope Murray works. Odds are he will not. 

Not only is a Sub 5-11 QB an anomaly. Wilson measured out at 5-10.5. Murray at 5-10.1. Murray is also a One Year Wonder, who played behind the best Offensive Line in the FBS. I mean, by far. Four of the five guys will be drafted this year. Only Sophomore OC Humphrey is left at Oklahoma. 

And who is the best OL from the four is disputed as well. I like the OLT Bobby Evans and Dru Samia the most. I'd take those two Day Two guy over the other two all day long, and twice on Sunday. Murray is a clear and present danger to Cards GM Keim job. 

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Sometimes you just have to concede. Murray is going to go top five in this Draft, and I don't know why. Everyone loves to compare him to Russell Wilson, who was a 3rd Round pick: number 75 overall. Wilson was also seen as a guy with all-time great character and leadership. I haven't heard bad things about Murray's character, but not great things either. Then his absolute promise that he wanted to play baseball was not a shining example top flight character, when he swiped a 4.66-million dollar signing bonus, when he told Oakland he was "100-percent committed to baseball"

Then he took their 4-mil and followed the yellow brick road to Oklahoma. "Everyone was sort of dancing around the obvious," Billy Beane said. "I knew who they really wanted, but they were fearful of sort of dealing with the whole football issue." He is going to have to give that dough back. 

Now he said he is 100% committed to football. "The worst report I’ve ever heard on a top-ranked quarterback from the interview part of it," Charlie Casserly said. "These were the worst comments [from NFL front office guys] I ever got on a top-rated quarterback, and I’ve been doing this a long time: Leadership, not good; study habits, not good; the board work, below not good." Now you can take that as you want.

The GM might be playing games because he wants Murray to slip to him. But more than one NFL coach, GM, or personnel guy told that to Casserly. He absolute had bad interviews and Board work at the Combine. Everybody knows that Casserly wasn't lying. He has a lot of contacts in the NFL by guys who will tell him the truth, and not just use him to get a narrative out. He is the kid that said he is 200% committed to baseball and football when money was on the table. 

That horror was from more than one GM/personnel-guy, and Charlie talks to GMs. "They were not impressed with his leadership skills or potential for the interview. They weren’t impressed with his study habits, and I can’t give you the quotes, but they’re pretty bad," Charlie said. "And they were not impressed with his board work and understanding football. And concepts that he was quizzed on, and that wasn’t good. One thing that stuck out to me: This guy was never trained for the interview. Whoever trained him did a poor job." Buyer beware. 

He has the smallest arms of any NFL prospect I have ever seen. I have never seen a QB with less than 30" Arms. Then he didn't work out at the Combine. I don't normally mind when dudes do that, but he needed to work out at the Combine with all they myriad questions at his doorstep. With his lack of height and the shortest arms I've ever heard of... 

His Proday was an utter and complete joke. They talked about how awesome it was, as he was pretending he was throwing from the pocket. Uh... there was not pocket. He was pretending to throw from the pocket with no big ugliest in his way. When what we needed to see him throwing over giant OLs from the pocket. Not throwing through the open air of a fake pocket. We learned nothing from his Proday. It was pathetic. And all the raves were bizarre.  

Russell Wilson was a four-year starter at Wisconsin. He played in some big time football games and never faltered. Murray played behind the best O-line in college football, and far too often stood in the pocket for far too long. He won't have half that time in the NFL. When he played Alabama they crushed the pocket around him like an NFL defense and he faltered badly. 

Playing in the NFL is more like what the Alabama defense did to him in the 1st Half than having 5 to 10 second to stand in the pocket and look around at the backsides of his blockers. Ideally you want the ball gone in 2.5-seconds. He didn't do that at Oklahoma, unless he was running outside on a boot. 

This is a tough call. They shouldn't go QB here. Mayock will not want Murray here, but Gruden might. Rumors persist that Gruden loves Murray. Gruden is a guy who is notorious for hating whatever QB he has starting for his team (which he seemed to do again last year with Carr;), and lusting after what QB he doesn't have. He tortures his starting QBs off his team. The only QB he ever seemed to actually like was Rich Gannon.

Gannon was actually drafted by the Patriots out of Delaware in the 4th. But he has such a great athlete that the brilliant Pats wanted to turn him into a Safety. Gannon said he was a QB, and refused to play for the Pats. They traded him to the Vikings. He and Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII for Tampa Bay. Gannon was an exceptional athlete for a QB, like Murray. As shown by the Pats trying to turn him into a DB. 

Rumors persist that Gruden is a Murray guy. And it makes sense that Gruden would want a QB athletic enough to play DB for the Pats (was that a cheap shot against the Pats;). If the Cards don't trade Rosen before the Draft than this looks like the most likely landing spot to me. And I just can't stick Murray in at Number One Overall while Rosen is on the Cards roster. 

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Murray is another one year wonder who is woefully inexperienced. Pretty much everything I wrote about Haskins is the same. He is not Baker Mayfield. He is at least two inches shorter than Mayfield. Mayfield also was a starter for four season and redshirted one. He was the most experienced QB coming out last year. And I didn't like Mayfield last year either. I though he was too small. 

"It’s hard to play outside the pocket in the NFL. It’s hard to last in your career playing that way. We’ve seen that. If he’s under 200 pounds, it’s hard to last in your career that way," Bill Polian said. "The way offense is now played probably negates the height issue somewhat. But Drew [Brees] is 6 feet. Russell is probably 5-11. If he’s 5-9, that’s a different kettle of fish."

Mayfield was listed as three inches taller than Murray on the OK Bio, and 25-pounds heavier. Murray was the most electric QB in college football last season. But he also played behind the best O-line if college football last season. He is another guy who is going to have to have the offense changed completely for him. 

"We need accurate height, weight, hand size," Polian said. "The height matters. And the thickness matters. Your comparison is Russell Wilson. If he’s shorter than Russell Wilson [he is], that would give people pause. But he’s a much better passer and he’s probably faster as a runner than the kid in Baltimore. So if the height and the weight check out, you’re at least talking about somewhere in there, late first round to early second round. That’s where [Jackson] went."

Doug Marrone was an offensive guy in the NFL. He was an assist head coach twice, and was the O-line Coach as well both times, and not necessarily the O-Coordinator (it's a mystery;). So he was is sort of an OC-HC guy. Like Haskins, he has to play for an OC-HC who can build the offense around him and his strengths. 

"You’re talking about having to try to find entirely different passing lanes and windows in the NFL. In the spread offense in college, things are different," Polian said. "Everything is all spread out, and the passing windows are different. But he’s really fast. He’s a shifty runner. He can really throw the ball. The passing skills are exemplary. He’s accurate. There’s a lot to like. The answer is: stay tuned."

Murray has to play for an OC-HC, because he cannot play in a conventional NFL drop-back offense. Everything (even more than Haskins, who has more conventional NFL size and played in the pocket more at Ohio ST) has to be changed for him to succeed in a Goff-like offense. Luckily the Cards hired freshly fired Kliff Kingsbury to bring the Air Raid Offense to the NFL. 

So if Marrone can put his old school biases behind him (unlikely), this could work out well for everybody. If they take him, Marrone has to commit to more run-and-shot and spread schemes. Having him five step and sit in the pocket and throw over the O-line and D-line is not going to work. He has to rollout and throw on the edges with have the half-field reads to find lanes to throw and run through. 

Plus, I no longer like Murray, because he made me agree with Bill Friggin' Polian. "That’s a huge if," Polian said. "I don’t think playing the quarterback position you can play two sports. You just can’t. It starts with the commitment. The entire conversation starts with that. If he wants to play both, that’s a very poor risk." Biggest risk in the Draft. 

2017 [RS Sophomore]: Made 27 appearances and started 16 games… posted a .122 batting average and a .317 on-base percentage… led the team with 12 stolen bases… scored 16 runs and drew 13 base on balls… recorded his first collegiate hit and RBI and drew three walks in a win vs. Grambling State (2/22)… collected a RBI and scored twice in a contest vs. Villanova (2/24)… registered a career-high two hits, three RBI and swiped two bases against Villanova (2/25). Summer 2017: Played 16 games for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League… hit two doubles and one home run, while stealing four bases. Sorry, lol. 

The pick is in already. The GM decided that he was going to take Murray, and then went about finding a coach. "I’ve never been the biggest guy on the field," Kyler said. "I’m always the smallest guy on the field. I’ve said it multiple times. I feel like I’m the most impactful guy on the field. I’m the best player on the field at all times." Kingsbury was hired specifically to coach Murray. He was hired to install the Air Raid system Murray played at Oklahoma, so he could play right away. That is a do or die risk. 

2018: OU's seventh Heisman Trophy winner ... Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Year Award, Manning Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recipient ... named AP Player of the Year ... finalist for Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... first-team All-American (AP and FWAA) ... Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year ... named to All-Big 12 First Team ... voted Most Outstanding Player of Big 12 Championship ... tied league record by being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week five times ... an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree ... played in all 14 games with starts in 13 contests (suspended for first offensive series vs. Baylor) ... first FBS player to average at least 300.0 passing yards (311.5) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (71.5) per game for a full season ... joined Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2015) as the only FBS players to ever record at least 4,000 passing yards and at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season ... led nation in total yards (school-record 5,362), points responsible for (324; tied), yards per completion (16.8) and yards per pass attempt (single-season FBS record of 11.6; former record was 11.1) ... ranked second in passing efficiency rating (199.2; FBS record entering season was 198.9), third in passing TDs (42) and fifth in completion percentage (.690) ... 11.1 percent of his passes went for touchdowns (FBS record is 11.6) ... threw for at least two touchdown passes in all but one game and threw at least three TD passes in 10 of 14 contests ... set school and Big 12 records by assembling a streak of eight games with at least three TD passes ... passed for at least 300 yards and rushed for at least 65 in a game seven times (most nationally since at least 1996; had only been done four times by a Sooner in the first 22 years of the Big 12) ... led Big 12 in league play in total offense at 409.3 yards per game (next most was 335.1), passing efficiency rating with a 208.2 mark (next best was 176.7) and in total TDs with 37 (next most was 31) ... completed 260 of 377 passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns against seven interceptions (6.0-to-1 ratio) ... rushed for 1,001 yards and another 11 scores ... only player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game and did it three times (360 and 100 at Texas Tech on Nov. 3; 364 and 114 at No. 12 West Virginia on Nov. 23; 308 and 109 vs. No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29) ... became first quarterback to ever rush for 100 yards against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama defense ... passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions) and ran for 39 yards in Big 12 Championship win vs. Texas (Dec. 1) ... finished 17 for 21 for 432 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 45 rushing yards and a score in OU's 66-33 win over Baylor (Sept. 29) ... his 348.0 passing efficiency rating in Baylor game set school and Big 12 records (as did his 20.6 yards per pass attempt and 25.4 yards per completion) and was the highest in the FBS since at least 1996

Murray Vs. Alabama:

He is the most dynamic QB I've seen running with the ball in his hands since Vick. But how long can he take the beating (:02). They got pressure up the middle, and he couldn't throw. He struggles to see over the big guys in the middle of the field (:10). Se how he goes up on his tippy toes (:20). He was the most electric player in college football in a long while last season (:35). But he played in the defenseless Big-12, and he fell apart when he had an NFL sized defense in front of him. 

Running QBs don't win in the NFL, they get the crap beat out of them (:52). He got rattled when he got hit and the rush was in his face again (1:04). He has an elite arm. The distant he threw the ball without looking like he is unleashing everything is Vick-like as well (1:12). That was a beautiful throw off the play action (1:36). He can really throw a beautiful pass outside the numbers. 

He threw a pass into the Box. But he had to let the rush get past him, and then threw a bad one. Can you win in the NFL if you can't sit in the pocket and throw it short over the middle like Brady all game long (2:00). He can find a crack, and whip the ball through it. But can he connect when it counts (2:22). The rush gave him a nice hole to throw too, and he had to rush it so much he drove it into the ground. Can a QB win in the NFL if he is too small to throw consistently into the Box? We are going to find out. 

And look. I not saying I'm right and I know it is a great story. I missed the boat on Mahomes. I wouldn't draft Murray, but I do compare him to Mahomes. So it would not shock me, if he shocked me again and worked out. But the price the Cards are paying for the kid is troubling on it's own. They are paying a top ten pick in last years Draft, and the first pick in this years Draft. Usually a GM has to get two great players with those picks to keep his job. They restarted the whole Franchise in last year's Draft with Rosen. Now they are restarting the whole Franchise again with Kingsbury and Murray. A GM doesn't get nine lives. He's lucky if he gets two. 

Nice job turning back around and finding the TE outside the numbers. He has some rare talents (2:34). That is a great touch throw 35 yards down field. He put it on the opposite shoulder of the DBs (2:52). They really had to run on the Goal line (3:09). The flea flicker, and he turned himself into a flea running outside (3:28). He is a true water strider running outside. He is so tough to touch, never mind tackle. But running QBs don't win in the NFL. 

He struggled to complete the quick slant. That is a stable throw in the NFL. The outside guy blitzes and you throw it short to the Z. That ball was barely over the ORT's head (3:55). Great knack for throwing it to the opposite shoulder as the defender. The smart and easy skill that so many QBs don't get (4:17). In the Redzone. This is when things get tighter. He has to run (4:40). Can he see over the middle in the Endzone. 

Another chance to see over the middle in the Rezone. Nope. That was a terrible throw. When things get tight he struggled more to see around the lines. Look how wide open the middle of the Endzone was (4:49). When a defense doesn't have to defender the middle of the Endzone in makes it that much harder to throw outside (4:58). Field Goal.

He was looking over the middle and you can't tell me he could see anything. He had to escape outside and got the ball to the TE outside the numbers (5:10). Nice high lob pass to the RB swinging out of the backfield. But again he hit him at the numbers (5:20). He can't find anybody because he can't see most of the field, and he can't find anybody again (5:40). And he can't find anybody again. NFL defenses are bigger than the Alabama defense. 

Nice job faking right and throwing left. He has some rare talents, but he hit the TE outside the numbers again (6:03). He keeps it too much on Option runs (6:15). He really struggled in this game to hit guys between the Numbers, and most of the field is between the numbers. He was wide open, but he didn't have the angle to throw it to him (6:29). There is no one running a pattern inside the box. It is completely empty (7:04). I just don't see it.

When he has time, he can get the ball outside the numbers fast (7:10). There is no WR between the numbers for 20 yards down field (7:19). You can't win with an offense like that in the NFL (7:33). Three crossers over the middle and he dumps it off without looking (7:48). He had not intention of throwing it over the middle.

Redzone. Why is Alabama crowding the middle? He had to throw it too high to get it over the DE, and couldn't put touch on it in the Redzone (8:11). Miller held his position, and Murray had to throw it over him (8:24). He can't find anyone in the Endzone in the Redzone (8:31). He just can't see over the big uglies in the Redzone. 

Alabama is getting more DBs outside the numbers (9:07). He almost threw it inside the Box (9:25). And he had a guy open inside the Seams (9:34). He can really look like Mahomes sometimes. I'm not sure there is another guy on the planet who could make that throw besides Mahomes (9:49).  (9:58). He does not throw well with a big rusher bursting up the middle in his face (10:21). He really showed his size concerns there. 

He really struggled to throw it inside the numbers (10:34). He almost completed a pass inside the numbers (10:50). He got a rusher in his face, and Alabama had four defenders outside the numbers. That is a terrible throw (11:22). He completed a nice pass in traffic with a rusher in his face outside the numbers (11:49). He couldn't throw it inbounds with a rusher in his face (12:05). The more I watch him the less I like him. 

You have to remember he put up a lot of number in the Big-12, which is the worst Conference defensively in the history of the FBS. He didn't face a legit college defense until this game. While Alabama is an Elite college defense, it is not an NFL defense. NFL Defenses are bigger, faster, and smarter than the Alabama defense that he couldn't handle. 

The blitzers scared the easy throw out of him (12:26). In the Redzone, I'm not sure if he was trying to throw it, but he couldn't find a receiver in the Redzone against the big defense anyway (13:03). He dumped it off outside the Numbers in the Redzone (13:23). Another shot in the Redzone, He found a guy as far outside as you can possible go (13:31). That was a nice throw. 

He found the crosser outside the numbers (13:57). What the hell is he doing. He is not even looking down field (14:10). He had a guy wide open over the middle and threw a terrible pass (14:28). He finally completed a pass over the middle under 20-yards (15:11). Redzone. Yuck (15:28). Am I nuts. That was not good. Where were the NFL throws that made you think he could play against NFL defenses? I hope he doesn't Mahomes me again, but I just don't get it. 

Murray Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= wMtQ-BU1lDU

 Murray's Official Bio:

2018: OU's seventh Heisman Trophy winner ... Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Year Award, Manning Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recipient ... named AP Player of the Year ... finalist for Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... first-team All-American (AP and FWAA) ... Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year ... named to All-Big 12 First Team ... voted Most Outstanding Player of Big 12 Championship ... tied league record by being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week five times ... an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree ... played in all 14 games with starts in 13 contests (suspended for first offensive series vs. Baylor) ... first FBS player to average at least 300.0 passing yards (311.5) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (71.5) per game for a full season ... joined Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2015) as the only FBS players to ever record at least 4,000 passing yards and at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season ... led nation in total yards (school-record 5,362), points responsible for (324; tied), yards per completion (16.8) and yards per pass attempt (single-season FBS record of 11.6; former record was 11.1) ... ranked second in passing efficiency rating (199.2; FBS record entering season was 198.9), third in passing TDs (42) and fifth in completion percentage (.690) ... 11.1 percent of his passes went for touchdowns (FBS record is 11.6) ... threw for at least two touchdown passes in all but one game and threw at least three TD passes in 10 of 14 contests ... set school and Big 12 records by assembling a streak of eight games with at least three TD passes ... passed for at least 300 yards and rushed for at least 65 in a game seven times (most nationally since at least 1996; had only been done four times by a Sooner in the first 22 years of the Big 12) ... led Big 12 in league play in total offense at 409.3 yards per game (next most was 335.1), passing efficiency rating with a 208.2 mark (next best was 176.7) and in total TDs with 37 (next most was 31) ... completed 260 of 377 passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns against seven interceptions (6.0-to-1 ratio) ... rushed for 1,001 yards and another 11 scores ... only player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game and did it three times (360 and 100 at Texas Tech on Nov. 3; 364 and 114 at No. 12 West Virginia on Nov. 23; 308 and 109 vs. No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29) ... became first quarterback to ever rush for 100 yards against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama defense ... passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions) and ran for 39 yards in Big 12 Championship win vs. Texas (Dec. 1) ... finished 17 for 21 for 432 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 45 rushing yards and a score in OU's 66-33 win over Baylor (Sept. 29) ... his 348.0 passing efficiency rating in Baylor game set school and Big 12 records (as did his 20.6 yards per pass attempt and 25.4 yards per completion) and was the highest in the FBS since at least 1996.

2017: An Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree ... played in seven games and made one start ... completed 85.7 percent of his pass attempts (18 of 21) and threw for three touchdowns without an interception ... went 2-for-2 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown and ran three times for a season-high 80 yards (including a career-long 66-yarder) vs. West Virginia in first career start (11/25) ... threw for 55 yards on 3-of-5 passing and ran for 33 yards on three carries at Kansas (11/18) ... completed all three of his passes for 103 yards, including a career-long 87 yard TD throw, and ran once for eight yards against Tulane (9/16) ... made OU debut by completing 10 of 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown against UTEP (9/2).

2016: Practiced with team but did not participate in games per NCAA transfer rules.

2015 (AT TEXAS A&M): Played in eight games and made three starts at quarterback ... finished second on team with 335 rushing yards and 1,021 yards of total offense ... recorded 191 passing yards and set season highs in completions (22), attempts (39) and passing touchdowns (3) while running for an additional 50 yards vs. Western Carolina (11/14) ... threw for 105 yards and ran for 37 more in start against Auburn (11/7) ... made first career start and threw for career-high 223 yards on 20-of-28 passing with one touchdown while running for career-high 156 yards and a score on 20 attempts vs. South Carolina (10/31) ... completed 2 of 4 passes for 21 yards against Alabama (10/17) ... ran five times for 27 yards against Arkansas (9/26) ... was 2-of-4 passing for 32 yards and ran twice for 10 yards vs. Nevada (9/19) ... completed 9 of 14 passes for 65 yards and his first touchdown against Ball State (9/12) ... made collegiate debut by throwing for 49 yards on 4-of-9 passing and rushing for 69 yards on six attempts vs. Arizona State (9/5)..

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