Much of the fo­cus sur­round­ing the OU quar­ter­back is still on base­ball de­spite Heisman stage.

Much of the fo­cus sur­round­ing Kyler Mur­ray still on base­ball de­spite Heisman stage

The Oklahoman - - HEISMAN EXTRA - Ryan Aber [email protected]­la­homan.com

NEW YORK — Once again, the fo­cus on Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray at Fri­day’s lead-up to Satur­day’s Heisman Tro­phy cer­e­mony was on more than just foot­ball. Mur­ray was again quizzed about his base­ball plans, and said for the first time that while he still doesn’t know if it’s lo­gis­ti­cally pos­si­ble to play both sports, that it’s some­thing he would like to at­tempt. “I think if you’ve done it for as long as I have (it’s pos­si­ble),” Mur­ray said dur­ing an in­ter­view ses­sion at the New York Stock Ex­change. “Ob­vi­ously at the next level it’s gonna be way more dif­fi­cult. But I would love to do it, yeah.” Mur­ray once again pushed off any se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion over whether he was con­sid­er­ing do­ing both or whether he might opt for foot­ball in­stead of base­ball de­spite al­ready sign­ing a base­ball con­tract worth north of $4.5 mil­lion with the Oak­land A’s. “I’m just wor­ried about play­ing foot­ball right now,” Mur­ray said. “But yes, as of right now, I mean, my fu­ture’s al­ready kind of de­cided.” Mur­ray ticked off the names of the two most prom­i­nent base­ball-foot­ball ath­letes. “Those guys are freaks,” Mur­ray said. “They both played dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. I’ve been fa­mil­iar with Deion (San­ders) be­cause he had a Pop Warner team in Dal­las when I was grow­ing up. I haven’t met Bo Jack­son be­fore, but he’s ob­vi­ously one of the best ath­letes to ever touch the earth. “Yeah, I would love to be able to do both if that’s pos­si­ble, but I don’t know how pos­si­ble that is.” But ev­ery time he closed the door, he cracked it back open. “I’ve al­ways been a guy with many op­tions,” Mur­ray said. “I try and keep ’em open as long as pos­si­ble. “If that was pos­si­ble, I’d def­i­nitely be open to it.” Mur­ray was short when asked if his size would be a dis­ad­van­tage if he de­cided to go the NFL route. “I don’t think it’d be a dis­ad­van­tage at all,” Mur­ray said. Why? “Just ’cause,” he con­tin­ued. “Ob­vi­ously they (ex­perts) like the old ways — you’ve got to be tall to be suc­cess­ful. I’ve been around Bake (Baker May­field) the past three years now and what is he listed at? Six foot or 6-1, some­thing like that. I mean, Tua’s balling. He’s not 6-3 or any­thing like that. Drew Brees. Rus­sell (Wil­son) can’t be much taller than me if he is, so I don’t see why it’d be an is­sue.” Al­though Mur­ray said he’s heard the talk, he said that won’t push him any dif­fer­ently than if draft­niks weren’t ques­tion­ing his height. “I don’t need out­side mo­ti­va­tion,” Mur­ray said. “I’m a pretty self-mo­ti­vated guy. I play ev­ery game with the mis­sion to go out and dom­i­nate, but as far as peo­ple doubt­ing me be­cause I’m small — I’m not the tallest guy (but) I mean it’s not easy to just come out here on the col­lege level and do what I’m do­ing. So I feel like I’m hav­ing a pretty suc­cess­ful year.”

[PHOTO BY JACKIE DOB­SON, FOR THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

De­spite al­ready sign­ing a base­ball con­tract worth about $4.5 mil­lion with the Oak­land A’s, Kyler Mur­ray could still pur­sue a pro foot­ball ca­reer.

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