Lincoln Riley Reacts To Kyler Murray Concerns

first_imgkyler murray walks off the field after the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)One of the biggest criticisms of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray as an NFL prospect has been his size. Analysts and executives across football have weighed in on the matter, but now his former head coach has decided to give his two cents.In an interview on ESPN’s Get Up! transcribed by 247Sports, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley gave his thoughts on Murray’s size being a factor. To no surprise, Riley spoke glowingly about Murray and tried to set everyone’s mind at ease over the impact his height would have.“…I’ve had 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4 guys and it was no different. These guys have a gift to be able to do it. I’m not saying every NFL quarterback can do it at that height. They can’t. But there’s guys that are gifted enough and are able to still get it done, still get the ball out where they need it to be and not having tipped passes. These are two of the guys in the world that can do that.”In his lone year as a starter for Oklahoma, Murray led the Sooners to a 11-1 regular season record before beating Texas in the Big 12 Championship game to claim the conference title. He led Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff, only to fall to Alabama in the Orange Bowl.Murray finished the season having thrown for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 69.0-percent of his passes. He was rewarded with the Heisman trophy and numerous post-season accolades.Several days ago, Murray announced that he would be committing to playing football professionally, turning down a deal he had with the Oakland A’s to play baseball.As for his height, there have been numerous players who have thrived at the quarterback position despite their size. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are among the most recent examples.However, there’s still a lot of time left before the Scouting Combine, let alone the NFL Draft and it doesn’t seem like concerns over Murray’s height will be relieved any time soon.last_img

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