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OU's Kyler Murray playing his role

Kyler Murray knows his job for Sooners this week.

Playing quarterback for the scout team doesn’t necessarily guarantee major success in the future, but it’s worked out pretty well for the Sooners.

There were whispers back in 2012 when Trevor Knight was trying to be Johnny Manziel in preparation for the Cotton Bowl.

On the flip side, you knew Knight’s days as the No. 1 guy could be coming to a close based on everything you heard about with Baker Mayfield during the 2014 season.

Heading into the 2016 season opener, the Sooners have a tough task in Houston and a major challenge in trying to stop Greg Ward. But OU has a guy for that – Kyler Murray.

 “Kyler’s done a great job simulating Greg Ward,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “He’s quick, fast, he’s a guy that’s played. So he’s been working hard out there last week, and I’m sure will be again this week.”

Murray, of course, transferred to OU from Texas A&M and must sit out the 2016 season per NCAA transfer rules. That doesn’t mean he can’t help the team, though, in this scout team quarterback position.

“It’s only been a week. He was very impressive last week running around, making plays, getting to see that special explosiveness that he has. Definitely, he’s working on that a little bit.”

Murray will be eligible for the 2017 season and was also on the OU baseball roster announced last week. When it comes this week, though, his goal is clear – get the Sooners defense ready for Ward and the Cougars.


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