Kyler Murray’s rise from Texas A&M back-up, to a Heisman Trophy Winner, to number one overall draft pick has been nothing short of meteoric. Murray played his high school football at the legendary Allen High School in Texas. He was ranked 34th nationally and was the number one dual-threat quarterback recruit in 2015. Before we get to take a look at his college days, let’s check out the Kyler Murray high school highlights and stats, which are insane.
Kyler Murray High School Stats
Games Played: 42 | Record As A Starter: 42-0
Pass Attempts: 1,007 | Completions (%): 638 (63.4%)
Passing Yards: 10,386 | Passing Touchdowns: 117 | Interceptions: 22
Rushing Yards: 4,139 | Rushing Touchdowns: 69 | Yards Per Carry: 8.4
Awards: Gatorade Football Player Of the Year (2014)
Kyler Murray High School Highlights
Out of high school, Kyler Murray elected to play his football at Texas A&M. When he arrived on campus, he went toe to toe with Kyle Allen for the starting role. Allen won the job, and Murray only appeared in the “wildcat” formation in 2015. Murray was also planning on playing baseball for the Aggies, but he announced his decision to transfer to Oklahoma in the Spring of 2016.
As per NCAA rules back then, Murray was forced to sit out the 2016 season after transferring to Oklahoma. In 2017, he was the backup to eventual Heisman-Winner and number one overall pick Baker Mayfield.
In 2018, Murray won the starting job over Austin Kendall. During that season, Murray threw for more than 4,000 yards, rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 52 total touchdowns (40 passing, 12 running). He was a finalist for the 2018 Heisman Trophy and, in an announcement that shocked most, won the award over Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He helped the Sooners reach the College Football Playoff, where they were beaten by Alabama, 45-34.
After the season, Murray became the third Heisman trophy winner to not receive consensus All-American status. However, it did not matter, as Murray threw his name into the hat for the 2019 NFL Draft. With Kliff Kingsbury getting the head coaching job in Arizona, he would make Murray his quarterback of the future by drafting him number one overall.
Murray has been both exciting and questionable during his career in the NFL. During his first game, he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a costly interception. Oddly enough, his first NFL game ended in a 27-27 tie. You can doubt Murray all you want in the NFL, but simply put, the guy is explosive and is a Texas football legend. We knew from day one the guy would be lightning in a bottle, and it all started in a Texas high school.
We will all have to wait and see what Murray will grow into as a quarterback in the NFL. However, he will always be a legend in Texas. His 42-0 record as a starter was amazing, and something we will likely never see again.