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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU lands UCLA OL transfer Chris Murray

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Bill Bedenbaugh’s bunch just received a big boost in talent and experience.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 17 UCLA at Stanford Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Sooners received great news as former UCLA Bruins offensive guard Chris Murray announced his decision to transfer to OU. In his first two years of college ball, the rising junior started all 24 games for the gold and blue, with most of his reps coming at right guard.

Murray is the second Bruin to transfer to Oklahoma this offseason, with grad transfer WR Theo Howard being the first. Unfortunately, the pass-catcher suffered an Achilles injury in late January, but he’s hopeful that he could be back at some point for the 2020 season. Since Murray is not coming to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, he’ll have to sit out this fall unless he files for and is granted a hardship waiver. In essence, he has three years left to play two.

Marquis Hayes is definitely a candidate to declare next offseason, so Murray could find himself competing for a guard spot in 2021 (even with a ton of young talent waiting in the wings).

Upon arriving at UCLA as a four-star recruit for the class of 2018, Murray began his career at center, but moved over to right guard after three games into the season. By the end of his first collegiate campaign, he was named a Freshman All-American by ESPN and 247Sports.

Fun factoids: he originally lived in Texas for eight years before moving to Palmdale, Calif., and his full first name is Christaphany. Welcome to the OU, Chris! The Murray name has a special place among Sooner Nation, and I’d say it’s a good time to add another to that prolific list.

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