NORMAN — Just hours before the biggest job interview of his life, Kyler Murray attended a baseball game.
It was cold and windy at Oklahoma’s L. Dale Mitchell Park, and the Sooners rolled to an easy 9-1 midweek victory.
But there sat Murray, the future NFL first-round draft pick, maybe the No. 1 overall selection, watching his old team knock it around the yard.
“Man,” Murray told OU coach Skip Johnson, “I miss this place.”
Early the next morning, Murray woke up and blew away NFL scouts, coaches and GMs at his pro day. Murray stepped on the scale (205 pounds) but declined to have his height measured, and declined to run, lift, jump or do agility drills. But he did stage an impressive throwing session, some 66 passes of all varieties — deep, short, intermediate, shotgun, simulated under center — and afterward, the 75 personnel representing all 32 NFL teams were happy with what they saw.
So, yes, Murray does still miss baseball. But he left no doubts Wednesday with his quick release and velocity and accuracy that he is all in on football.
“Just got going,” Murray said. “It was fun to finally do something.”
To read the rest of Wednesday’s Sporting News report on Oklahoma’s pro day, click here.
Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.