Chicken Lo Mein, no veggies, double egg on top, extra spice.
That’s what Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray orders from Caroline Mullins at Tea Cafe every Wednesday evening. Murray, and his starting offensive linemen — Bobby Evans, Ben Powers, Creed Humphrey, Dru Samia and Cody Ford — are regulars at the popular Campus Corner restaurant, eating there every Wednesday night. And Mullins, a sophomore at OU majoring in early childhood education, has become a weekly friendly face to the best offense in the country.
“I didn’t even know that was Kyler Murray,” said Mullins, who’s been working at Tea Cafe since the beginning of the semester. “Someone had to tell me that was our quarterback, and I was like ‘Oh, alright cool.’”
To Mullins, Murray and his lineman are just another group of customers. They’re not the No. 1 offense in the country or a team headed to the College Football Playoff, but instead the guys that order a chicken lo mein, two combinations of fried rice, a pad thai with a salad and egg on top, and a chicken fried rice — extra rice.
She’s got the orders memorized to a tee. But the names? Not so much.
“They come every Wednesday. Same time, same order,” Mullins said. “It’s Kyler and the same five guys, I don’t really know their names… It’s been crazy since Saturday night, though.”
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Thanks to Murray’s shoutout during his winning Heisman Trophy speech last Saturday, Tea Cafe has been the busiest it’s ever been. Mullins said waiters have been topping $200 all week after Murray’s mention. Mullins was actually working when Murray won, and found out when her manager yelled it to the entire restaurant.
“I forgot I threw that out there,” said Murray who pays for the O-Line’s meal after being drafted No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. “Someone told me it might be packed now, but I don’t know… I guess we’ll see.”
There wasn’t an empty seat Wednesday evening. Murray and his lineman sat right by the front door in their usual seats. Three girls sat toward the back — specifically coming to Tea Cafe to see the Heisman Trophy winner — scheming for a way to go back out the door and see him one last time. They never did.
Murray has become a celebrity of sorts on campus. The two sport star will soon have a statue outside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. But for now, he’s just like any other college student who enjoys a nice plate of chicken lo mein.
“We just try to keep it simple,” said Murray, who’s anything but your average college student.
Oh, and the cost for five offensive lineman’s dinner? The Oakland A’s — who signed Murray to a contract with a $4.6 million bonus — have it covered.
“Yeah, yeah,” Powers said with a laugh. “No worries.”