Oklahoma lost Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield to the NFL after last season, but the Sooners have one of the top quarterback rooms in the country anyway, according to CBS. CBS’s Barton Simmons ranked the top 25 quarterback units in the FBS on Monday, and slotted the Sooners at No. 11.
Even with Mayfield gone, the Sooners have a chance to be explosive in 2018 with Kyler Murray at the helm. However, it’s the depth behind Murray that propelled Oklahoma to that high of a ranking:
“(Lincoln) Riley has the magic touch right now and though the Heisman winner is gone, he’s got an even better athlete returning in Murray and a starter-quality option in (Austin) Kendall. Murray is off to the MLB after this fall, but with (Tanner) Mordecai and 2019 commit Spencer Rattler in the pipeline, the room has a lot of long-term stability.”
A two-sport star who was one of Oklahoma baseball’s top hitters this year, Murray was taken No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft. Murray agreed to a professional deal with Oakland that allows him to play quarterback for the Sooners in the upcoming season, but he will focus on baseball afterward.
However, Oklahoma already seems to have his successor in place in former 4-star junior Austin Kendall, who pushed Murray for the job in spring camp. And as Simmons mentioned, the Sooners have two more very talented options on the way: both freshman Tanner Mordecai and future signee Spencer Rattler were 4-star recruits.
At No. 11, Oklahoma is the highest rated Big 12 team in Simmons’ rankings. The next closest is Kansas State at No. 16, on the backs of talented two-way options Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson.