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Sporting News: He misses baseball, but Kyler Murray showed at Pro Day he’s all in for football

Sporting News: He misses baseball, but Kyler Murray showed at Pro Day he’s all in for football

Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray throws in front of NFL scouts during OU’s pro day on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover / The Franchise)

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.

Kyler Murray, here sharing a laugh with Marquise Brown, says he had fun at his pro day on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover)

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.

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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.

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John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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