Oklahoma star Kyler Murray declares for the NFL draft

Kyler Murray’s time at Oklahoma has officially come to an end.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback declared for the NFL draft on Monday, putting an end to any chances of him returning to Oklahoma for his senior season.

After transferring to OU from Texas A&M, Murray backed up Baker Mayfield in 2017 and assumed the starting role ahead of the 2018 season. The results were spectacular. Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his passes. He also ran for 1,001 yards and 12 scores while leading the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff berth.

OU, the fourth seed, played No. 1 Alabama in the CFP semifinals, but lost 45-34. Murray had 308 passing yards, 109 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in the loss.

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Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NCAA college football game against Nevada Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas A&M’s quarterback Kyler Murray (1) on the field practice before the start of an NCAA college football game between Texas A&M and Western Carolina Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M defeated Western Carolina 41-17. (AP Photo/Juan DeLeon)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray during the annual Oklahoma NCAA college spring football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) carries against UTEP in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. For Lincoln Riley’s second season as head coach at Oklahoma, the Sooners have to find Heisman winner Baker Mayfield’s successor. So a big part of the coach’s first spring was determining the new starter, a process between last year’s backup Kyler Murray and redshirt Austin Kendall that continue into the summer and preseason.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Oakland Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray talks with the media following an NCAA college football media day in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game between UCLA and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, West Virginia's Will Grier, Iowa State's Brock Purdy and Sam Ehlinger of Texas have been impressive and could determine which teams makes it to the Dec. 1 title game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) celebrate during an NCAA college football game between Army and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles against Texas during the first half of an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury talks to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (1) after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) walks off the field following a game against Oklahoma State in an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Oklahoma won 48-47. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) gestures to his team during a play against Kansas during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown ahead of Kansas defenders during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates on the sidelines after throwing a touchdown against Oklahoma during the second half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma won 39-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Grant Calcaterra at the end of the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against Texas on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (center left) is interviewed by ESPN reporter Holly Rowe (left) after receiving the MVP award while head coach Lincoln Riley (right) and Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby (center right) look on after the NCAA Big 12 Conference football championship between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas 39-27. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray hoists the Most Outstanding Player trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Murray was named The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray speaks during an NCAA college football media day on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks up, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field during the College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29, 2018 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit: mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX
MIAMI, 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)
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What about baseball?

Murray formally entering his name into the draft was an expected outcome, and it’s one that doesn’t close the door on a potential baseball career.

Murray was chosen with the No. 9 overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in last year’s MLB draft. The A’s gave Murray a $4.6 million signing bonus and allowed him to play one more season of football at Oklahoma before reporting to spring training in 2019.

While some looked at Murray as a potential breakout star in the sport, his run to the Heisman Trophy surpassed even the boldest of expectations and vaulted him onto the radar of NFL teams. Typically NFL teams aren’t too keen on drafting quarterbacks of Murray’s stature (he’s listed at 5-foot-10), but he could be the one to buck that trend.

Some NFL draft experts believe Murray will be a first-round choice. He still has the option to report to spring training with the A’s, but it would have a heavy overlap with the NFL combine.

The A’s visited with Murray over the weekend in an attempt to persuade him to play baseball. Murray still has time to weigh his options, but — for now — it looks like Murray’s heart is set on playing pro football.

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