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Oklahoma Sooners Football - Kyler Murray named backup QB by Lincoln Riley

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The former five-star prospect is OU’s No. 2 QB in 2017.

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Former five-star quarterback prospect Kyler Murray will be Oklahoma’s backup quarterback in 2017, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley announced Monday.

The Allen, Texas, native originally played at Texas A&M, earning three starts while passing for 686 yards and rushing for 335 yards. This move provides sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall with an opportunity to redshirt, and coach Riley said as much.

This doesn’t come as much of a shock, and I fully expect Kyler to make some sort of impact in 2017. He brings so much to the table with his speed and opens up the opportunity for the occasional gadget play or two. Like many of you, I can’t wait to finally see him take the field for the Sooners, and we’ll definitely get an opportunity to watch him at QB on Saturday.

Riley added that walk-on QB Tanner Schafer will be QB3 in 2017.

Other presser notes:

  • Adrian Ealy, Marquis Hayes, Tyrese Robinson, K’Jakyre Daley, Zacchaeus McKinney, Troy James are the freshmen who are expected to redshirt. With the current depth at offensive line, those first three names do not surprise. The latter three names are behind some other young guys in the pecking order, so a redshirt seems prudent. Creed Humphrey is still being considered, per Riley.
  • Austin Seibert will handle all kicking duties - field goal, punting and kickoffs.
  • Riley stated that CeeDee Lamb would be the starting punt returner if the season started today. That has me excited.
  • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, a Houston native, said that his family is safe. Lincoln Riley added that family members across the roster are accounted for following Hurricane Harvey
  • “There’s not one part of this that I’ve felt unprepared for” -Lincoln Riley
  • There isn’t a depth chart yet. Riley said he could have had one, but there would have been a bunch of “ors” on it.
  • Stadium food!