NORMAN — Oklahoma’s offense has been historic this season, so it’s no surprise that several underclassmen are candidates to leave college early to pursue a professional career.
Injured running back Rodney Anderson has already declared for the NFL Draft.
Here’s a look at four other players who could make such a move, starting with the most obvious:
Kyler Murray, quarterback
Chances he leaves: Almost a sure thing. The question is he headed to play football or baseball.
Why go: Murray is already the highest-paid college football player in the nation after signing a baseball contract worth more than $4.6 million after being drafted by the Oakland A’s over the summer. Murray’s NFL stock has risen dramatically over the past few months, even with his 5-foot-10 frame. Returning to college seems extremely unlikely, and according to his baseball agent, Scott Boras, Murray’s path is set in stone and he’ll join the A’s after the Sooners’ season ends.
Who’s next: On the current roster, Austin Kendall is the logical choice. Lincoln Riley said Kendall took Murray down to the wire for the starting quarterback job before this season, though it’s hard to see that it was as close as it was made out to be given Murray’s performance this season. Tanner Mordecai, who redshirted this season, will get a chance as well. Incoming freshman Spencer Rattler is likely to be the quarterback of the future, but since he’s not coming in January, it’s hard to envision him competing for the starting job next year. Oklahoma figures to be in on potential graduate transfer quarterbacks — especially Arizona’s Khalil Tate or Alabama’s Jalen Hurts should either decide to transfer.
Marquise Brown, wide receiver
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