There’s no uncertainty about who will be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback this season, but the race for the Sooners’ backup job is getting a little interesting.
According to OU Daily’s Abby Bitterman, quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall are in a “battle” at training camp for Oklahoma’s backup quarterback spot this upcoming season.
Murray, who transferred from Texas A&M after his freshman season in 2015, is entering his first year of eligibility with the Sooners. Kendall, on the other hand, had two backup appearances as a freshman for the Sooners one season ago – throwing two touchdown passes across 16 completions.
According to Bitterman, Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield described the backup battle as “intense” and said each one is “great at different things.” Mayfield said Murray is the “fastest player” on the team while praising Kendall for his “natural throwing ability,” according to Bitterman.
While there is a tight competition to be had between Murray and Kendall, that hasn’t affected relations between the two. Murray said there’s no “bad blood” and that “everybody is pulling for the guy” that is on the field, according to Bitterman.
The quarterback competition in Norman isn’t exactly as a surprise, given the plethora of talent the Sooners boast at quarterback on the depth chart. 247Sports ranked Oklahoma’s quarterback room the third best in the nation on Monday.