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Freshman QB Kyler Murray to transfer from Texas A&M

December 17, 2015
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TexAgs' Billy Liucci has confirmed rumors — and, perhaps fears — on Thursday that freshman quarterback Kyler Murray has requested a transfer from Texas A&M.


The A&M athletic department made it official Thursday evening with the following release: "Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kyler Murray has left the football program and has been granted his release."

He is the second highly-touted quarterback to transfer from Texas A&M in a week. Kyle Allen, the nation’s top-rated passer in the 2014 recruiting class, announced last week that he was transferring.

Allen has not yet decided where he will continue his career.

Murray’s exit brings to an end a controversial and chaotic relationship between Texas A&M and the diminutive yet dynamic quarterback. This football season Murray completed 72 of 121 passes for 686 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 335 yards and a touchdown.

Murray started three games for A&M and led the Aggies to two victories. However, he did not play particularly well in a 41-17 victory over Western Carolina and was replaced in the starting lineup by Allen, who started the first seven games of the season.

Murray was considered the top prize of the Aggies' 2015 recruiting class, which was ranked among the nation’s Top Ten.

The son of legendary A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, Kyler showed a flair for the dramatic while setting numerous records, winning three state championships and never losing a game as a starter at Allen High School. He was heavily recruited nationwide. In May of 2014 he announced he would attend with Texas A&M over Oregon.

However, apparently concerned about coach Kevin Sumlin’s future plans for the offense, Murray made an unofficial visit to the University of Texas last December.

After the Murrays met with Sumlin, Kyler re-confirmed his commitment and signed with A&M on national signing day.

Murray is also an accomplished baseball player and was projected as a possible first round choice in the 2015, so A&M had to sweat out the possibility he would choose to pursue a career in Major League Baseball. Yet, weeks before the draft Murray announced that he intended to play football and baseball at A&M and requested not to be selected in the draft.

Murray and Allen competed for the Aggies starting quarterback job in August camp. Allen was named the starter, but Murray played in the season-opener against Arizona State. He completed 4 of 9 passes for 49 yards, threw an interception and rushed for 69 yards in a 38-17 A&M victory.

Murray also saw action in the next three games, though he did not attempt a pass in a 28-21 overtime victory over Arkansas. The following week he did not play in a victory over Mississippi State. He did see limited action in a 41-23 loss to Alabama, in which Allen threw three interceptions which were returned for touchdowns.

The first indication that Murray was unhappy at A&M surfaced the following week in a 23-3 loss to Ole Miss.

Allen, who later revealed he was hampered by a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, stumbled through a dreadful showing. In one stretch he completed just two of 20 passes for minus-3 yards.

Yet, third-string quarterback Jake Hubenak eventually replaced Allen. Later, it was revealed that Murray was suspended from the game for cursing at Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital during practice that week.

With Allen struggling, Murray was put in the starting lineup for a 35-28 victory over South Carolina. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 156 yards in a touchdown.

The next week, though, he threw three interceptions in a 26-10 loss to Auburn. He then threw two more interceptions in the victory over Western Carolina and lost the starting job.

He did not play the rest of the season.

As it turns out, he won’t play again for Texas A&M.
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Freshman QB Kyler Murray to transfer from Texas A&M

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Olin Buchanan
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Freshman QB Kyler Murray to transfer from Texas A&M
Texan76
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Damn
Hockey_Ag
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True character is always shown through adversity
nutmegger_aggie
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bye
Ridge14
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russellme9
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Glad it over.....time to move forward.
livershot93
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Good for him. We don't need the drama.
Sea Gull
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Somehow I'm not going to lose any sleep over this. Bye.
SECTAMU#1
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Glad he is gone, now the team can move on and get ready to BTHO Louisville with Jake as our QB!
JayAggie
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Seriously....he's replaceable without the drama. Best of luck with the rest of your life.
Doc Hayworth
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It would be great if he went to t.u., then they would have 3 QB's that aren't worth a crap.
rpag87
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**** him
Aggie_Eric98
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he gets sick, and then transfers?
SeattleAgJr
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So long!
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Goodbye

Don't let the kiddie door hit you on the ass on your way out.
Bluecat_Aggie94
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Sad to see these kids playing for their name and not the team.
Franklin Delano Bluth
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Teddy Perkins
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It's sad when a kid doesn't trust the coaches who have echelons of experience and know what a kid is capable of. He should have red-shirted and waited a year but when a kid's ego is stroked by the media, his friends, his family, and recruiters he just doesn't know any better. I think he got a glimpse of his natural talents only taking him so far in the SEC west in the Bama game. He realized how big and fast the SEC is and he got scared.
jafo4349
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Keep spavital and see how many more drop off. That one guy right there is the ONLY REASON both of those kids left. Who knows who's next.
tex0564
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rather be fishing
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I hope he transfers to Baylor so Ole daddy and Briles can get be butt buddies.
duffelpud
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MidTnAg
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Transfer of two superstar recruits is a sad day for Aggies and for Coach Sumlin.

This year's recruiting will suffer and next season's football performance will really suffer.
Fish Destin
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I went to the Auburn game and every time he took the ball past the line of scrimmage he either went out of bounds or slid before he could be hit. The only time he took a hit he sustained a concussion and left the game.

That my friends is not a college QB. Just look at Coker from Bama. Lowered his shoulder and got an extra 2-3 yards everytime he carried the ball against A&M. He was not going to succeed here so glad he's gone.

What I heard this morning from Billy on the radio is that if we didn't sign him we would have Stidham. What the hell was Sumlin thinking. 6-4 with a rocket arm vs. Johnny football junior. Never knew the Aggies were in the Stidham picture. Big mistake by Sums. Got to start questioning his judgement of talent.
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Austin news reported that Malik J was in town visiting Murray last weekend; any chance that Murray winds up at tu?
Fish Destin
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Uh, no. Spaz and KA were very tight.
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Austin news reported that Malik J was in town visiting Murray last weekend; any chance that Murray winds up at tu?
who gives a ****?? if he does, he'll probably do well in that ****ty conference due to the terrible defenses.
MidTnAg
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Now I can buy cheap tickets to the Music City Bowl.
aeon-ag
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Good riddance, both the little boy and daddy. I hope this soap opera is over.
aeon-ag
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I went to the Auburn game and every time he took the ball past the line of scrimmage he either went out of bounds or slid before he could be hit. The only time he took a hit he sustained a concussion and left the game.

That my friends is not a college QB. Just look at Coker from Bama. Lowered his shoulder and got an extra 2-3 yards everytime he carried the ball against A&M. He was not going to succeed here so glad he's gone.

What I heard this morning from Billy on the radio is that if we didn't sign him we would have Stidham. What the hell was Sumlin thinking. 6-4 with a rocket arm vs. Johnny football junior. Never knew the Aggies were in the Stidham picture. Big mistake by Sums. Got to start questioning his judgement of talent.
Sums needs to be the next one out!
Foxo
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Good riddance. Primadonnas are not good on a team sport.
NorCalAggie
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What a quitter and a spoiled brat. He would have ended up being a cancer to the team, but this really now points to major problems within the program. What stud QB or any other position really would want to come join this dumpster fire. It seems Sumlin wanted to wait till after the bowl to "evaluate" the coaching situation, but now I don't think he can wait. He needs to cut Spav ASAP to save the program and salvage recruiting. Once a new OC is identified, the recruits will be able to decide if they are someone they like and could be onboard with.

So many wrinkles, such an unreal post season. SMH
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moriarty90
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Until we fire Spav we will continue to lose every offensive talent. Thank God for Chavis. Sumlin is just sitting down while Rome burns.
dreyOO
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And get a haircut while you're at it Kyler!

JFABNRGR
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You folks who think its a good thing that two 5* QB's left in a week are nuts. Regardless of how well they played this only happens when there are serious issues at the highest levels of leadership. This could have repercussions for years to come unless DRAMATIC change in leadership occurs.
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