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Why Kyler Murray said it would be great to be drafted by Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals

Kyler Murray says he picked football over baseball because he loves it

Before accepting the 2018 Davey O'Brien Trophy in Fort Worth on Monday night, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he picked football over baseball simply because he loves the game.
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Before accepting the 2018 Davey O'Brien Trophy in Fort Worth on Monday night, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he picked football over baseball simply because he loves the game.

On first blush, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is not trying to connect the dots between what Kliff Kingsbury said about him as the coach of Texas Tech last season and what he will do with the first pick as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

You may recall Kingsbury said he would take Murray No. 1 in the upcoming NFL draft, if it was his choice.

That was before he got fired at Texas Tech and was hired by the Cardinals, and before Murray won the Heisman Trophy and decided to give up baseball and pursue football where he is projected as a top 10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Kingsbury has since put the public face on being supportive of Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, the franchise’s 2018 first-round pick.

But, of course, a lot could change before the draft.

As of now, it is just talk. But it would be nice, Murray said.

“I think, me and him are really tight,” Murray said. “Great relationship with him. I think that was just something…he’s always felt strongly about me as a player and as a kid off the field. I think they’re kind words. At the end of the day, they’re going to do what’s best for them. I can’t go into it with any expectations of being taken by the Cardinals. That would be nice for sure.”

Murray and Kingsbury have a relationship dating back to when he was a high school recruit at Allen. They share an agent in Eric Burkhardt.

He predicted greatness would happen because of their relationship and the natural offensive fit because his offense at OU was similar to what Kingsbury ran at Texas Tech.

“If you’ve watched football, we kind of run similar offenses,” Murray said. “I don’t think it would be a big adjustment. He’s going to play fast. He’s going to play in shotgun. He’ll throw the ball around. He’s going to put you in space. Me and him have a good relationship so I think he’d let me be me and allow me to do what I do. I think it would be a great thing.”

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.

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