During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners roster, starting with Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 1 – QB Kyler Murray (5-foot-10, 185 pounds)
At Texas A&M: 686 passing yards, 59.5 completion percentage, 5 touchdowns
What happened last year: Murray started three games at Texas A&M as a true freshman after being one of the more highly sought after recruits nationally. He totaled 686 passing yards, 335 rushing yards and six total touchdowns. Murray did throw seven interceptions. At the Red-White game, he certainly shined though.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. How important was Baker Mayfield two years ago when he was the scout team quarterback? It’ll be an important year for Murray to get accustomed to the Sooners’ offense and an important year for the Sooners’ defense, which will face a variety of talented offenses with a lot of new starters, to consistently be tested on the practice field. Murray can give Oklahoma a taste of talent every day in practice.
Best-case scenario for this season: Murray won’t play a down because of transfer rules, but if he becomes the Scout Team Offense Player of the Year, that’s what Oklahoma needs. He seems to be behind freshman Austin Kendall in the early 2017 starting quarterback race. Murray could definitely narrow that gap.