Kyler Murray is in his second NFL season and is showing why he has the potential to be a star in the league. The Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback had an impressive rookie season, and he’s off to a strong start to the 2020 season.
After the Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys on October 20, Murray accomplished something no other player has done in NFL history.
Kyler Murray was a standout player in college
Before Murray entered the NFL, he had an impressive career at the University of Oklahoma. Murray actually started his college career at Texas A&M and then transferred to Oklahoma. He played at Oklahoma for two seasons, and he made an impact on college football. During the 2018 season, Murray had a season to remember. He finished the season leading the Big 12 in passing percentage, passing yards, and touchdowns.
Murray finished the season throwing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns. His 199.2 rating was a Big 12 record. Not only could Murray throw the ball, but he could also run as well. He finished with 1,001 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Murray’s performance led him to win the Heisman Trophy. He also was awarded the Davey O’Brien Award for the best quarterback in the country, and he was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Murray’s impressive 2018 season allowed him to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The Cardinals were looking for a quarterback to upstart their franchise, and Murray was the quarterback they had their eyes on. Murray was also a standout baseball player, and he was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, but he decided to pursue a football career.
Kyler Murray had an impressive rookie season
Murray made his NFL debut during the 2019 season on September 8 against the Detroit Lions. In his first game as an NFL player, he had a big game against the Lions. He finished with 308 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception as the game ended in a tie. The Cardinals were trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter during the game, and Murray led the comeback. He joined Jake Plummer as the only Cardinals rookie quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
As the season progressed, Murray continued to put up impressive numbers. At the end of the season, he finished with 3,722 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 554 yards with four touchdowns. Murray was named a Pro Bowl Alternate, and he won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
This impressive stat shows the potential Kyler Murray has
The Arizona Cardinals are off to a strong start to the 2020 season. They are 4-2 and are in second place in the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks, who are undefeated. The NFC West is one of the strongest divisions this year as no team has a losing record. Murray has started his second season off on a good note. He’s thrown for 1,487 yards with 10 touchdowns through six games, and he’s rushed for 370 yards with six touchdowns.
In his last game against the Cowboys, Murray had a strong performance. He finished with 188 passing yards and two touchdowns and had 74 rushing yards with one touchdown. Murray has displayed his passing and running abilities, and that makes him a threat on offense. During the 2020 season, Murray has had five games with a passing and rushing touchdown. That is the most by any player through six games in NFL history. As mentioned earlier, Murray is a threat on offense due to his throwing and running skills. He’s only in his second NFL season, and he’s already showing that he can score in multiple ways. The Cardinals have something special in Murray, and he can lead them to success during his career there.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference