John Hoover

Kenneth Murray joins CeeDee Lamb on early entry to NFL Draft

Kenneth Murray joins CeeDee Lamb on early entry to NFL Draft

Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray (9) before the game vs South Dakota. (The Franchise/Aaron Davis)

Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray joined wide receiver CeeDee Lamb on Thursday when he announced he would forego his senior season at OU and enter the NFL Draft.

Murray, a junior from Missouri City, Texas, led the Sooners each of the last two seasons with more than 100 tackles, including 155 in 2017 — the eighth-highest total in school history and the most by an OU player since 2007.

The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Murray led the team with 102 tackles this season, highlighted by a team-best and career-high 17 tackles for loss.

Murray’s career total of 335 tackles ties him with OU legend Lee Roy Selmon for the 11th most in school history.

CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Hurts after Big12 Championship game.  (PHOTO: Aaron Davis/The Franchise)

Lamb declared his intentions on Sunday after the Sooners returned home from Atlanta, where they lost 63-28 to LSU in the Peach Bowl.

Lamb, a 6-2, 191-pound junior from Richmond, Texas, led the Sooners with 62 catches for 1,327 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He averaged 21.4 yards per catch and was a consensus All-American.

In his three seasons as a starter, Lamb caught 173 passes (sixth in school history) for 3,292 yards (third) for 32 touchdowns (second).


Formerly co-host of “Further Review” and “The Franchise Drive,” columnist John E. Hoover is a college football insider on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. 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 co-hosts The Franchise “Inside OU” Podcast with Brady Trantham and Rufus Alexander, and the Locked oN Sooners podcast on the Locked oN Podcast Network. He also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his YouTube channel at, and his personal page at

John Hoover

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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