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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes breaks down the game of the most recent Arizona Cardinal: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
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Kyler Murray’s change of coronary heart led him to a historic level in sports activities historical past.

The Oklahoma quarterback was selected No. 1 general by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, making him the first player ever to be taken in the first spherical of both the NFL and MLB drafts.

Murray was the No. 9 general decide by the Oakland Athletics in 2018 and agreed to a deal that allowed him to play soccer for yet one more yr at Oklahoma. But after a Heisman Trophy-profitable campaign during which he accounted for 5,362 complete yards and 54 touchdowns, he opted to pursue a profession within the NFL moderately than in baseball, forfeiting a lot of the $four.sixty six million signing bonus he was set to receive.

“I can not put it into phrases,” Murray stated after being selected. “It’s a dream come true.”

The choice provides first-yr Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury a catalyst for his newly installed Air Raid offense. Whereas still serving as Texas Tech’s coach final yr, Kingsbury heaped praise on Murray by saying, “Kyler is a freak. I might take him with the primary decide of the draft if I might.”

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Not long after Kingsbury’s hire in January, hypothesis that he would try to comply with by means of on that hypothetical amplified.

Together, Murray and Kingsbury will try to reinvigorate an offense that ranked final in averages for complete yards per recreation (241.6), passing yards (157.7) and factors (14.1).

Murray’s arrival leaves incumbent starting quarterback Josh Rosen, for whom the Cardinals traded up to draft No. 10 general final season, in limbo. 

“I feel Josh has achieved every little thing humanly potential to point out what sort of quarterback he’s, what sort of competitor he’s,” Kingsbury stated in a information conference Tuesday. “I’ve stated it all alongside, I couldn’t be extra impressed together with his strategy. He’s an incredible participant.”

Comply with Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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