For most of the offseason, Kyler Murray's 2018 football campaign was discussed as a one-off with Murray's presence allowing Oklahoma to continue its explosive offensive ways under coach Lincoln Riley after the departure of three-year starter and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Murray was Mayfield's backup, saw some action in key games and had the athleticism to stress defenses in a similar fashion when lined up alongside the Sooners' plethora of playmakers.
Murray was going to fulfill his dreams of starting for a championship contender, and Riley was going to get a season of steady play before the 21-year-old from Bedford, Texas, left to join the Oakland Athletics spring training as the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Leading up to Saturday night's College Football Playoff showdown against Alabama, Murray himself acknowledged that there was very little made about any pro prospects in football. Now that Murray blossomed into college football's biggest star and won the Heisman Trophy, just like Mayfield, the hysteria around the will-he-won't-he discussion around football and baseball has reached a fever pitch.