By: Tony Thomas
He stands 5-10 and weighs 180 pounds. A 5-star recruit and the #1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to 247sports.com. For home games, he led his team onto the field of a stadium that seated 18,000 loyal and passionate fans. They won three consecutive 5A state championships from 2012-2014. He was 42-0 as the starter. His name is Kyler Murray. The team is the Allen Eagles.
2012 Championship Season (stats provided by maxpreps.com)
Murray led an offense that averaged 41 points per game in the regular season and pitched two shutouts on defense. They scored 50+ points twice and 67 points in a win over McKinney. In the playoffs, they averaged 48 points per game:
- Defeated Richardson 63-14
- Defeated Mesquite 42-28
- Defeated Round Rock Westwood 56-24
- Defeated Skyline 37-17
- Defeated DeSoto 51-36
- Defeated Houston Lamar 35-21 (5A State Championship Game)
In the Lamar game, Murray threw a 49-yard TD pass and rushed for 2 scores.
2013 Championship Season (stats provided by maxpreps.com)
The Murray Offensive Express kept rolling in 2013, averaging 49 points per game in the regular season. The Eagles scored 50+ points twice, 62 points in a win over Plano East, and 77 points in a win over Plano West.
Murray accounted for five TDs in a 49-27 win over Southlake Carroll to open the season. He accounted for 4 touchdowns in a game three times. Murray racked up 7 touchdowns in the 77-37 rout of Plano West. And the next week, he accounted for six touchdowns in a win over Boyd.
In the playoffs, Allen averaged 52 points per game:
- Defeated Lake Highlands 63-6
- Defeated Horn 42-14
- Defeated The Woodlands 56-21
- Defeated Westfield 48-13
- Defeated DeSoto 42-35
- Defeated Pearland 63-28 (5A state championship game).
Against Pearland, the Eagles gained 670 total yards on their way to the title. Murray had 188 yards rushing and a touchdown, and passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns. Five TDs accounted for. According to maxpreps.com, Murray scored a phenomenal 27 touchdowns during the playoffs.
Three’s the Charm-The 2014 Championship Season (stats provided by maxpreps.com)
The Eagles were even better in 2014. Averaging 50 points per game in the regular season, they scored 50+ points in each of their first three games. They also hung 63 on Flower Mound (Murray accounted for six TDs) and 70 on Plano West (Murray scored seven TDs).
In the playoffs, Allen scored on average 47 points per game:
- Defeated Keller Central 59-21 (Murray: 6 TDs)
- Defeated DeSoto 25-22 (Murray: 3 TDs)
- Defeated Martin 69-54 (Murray: 6 TDs)
- Defeated Trinity 30-27 (Murray: 4 TDs)
- Defeated Skyline 52-34 (Murray: 5 TDs)
- Defeated Cypress Ranch 47-16 (Murray: 5 TDs) 5A state championship
The Eagles outscored Cypress Ranch 17-0 in the 4th quarter and averaged 8 yards per play, earning their third consecutive 5A state championship.
Murray was named the Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today.
High School Career (stats provided by maxpreps.com)
Murray’s career numbers are staggering: 10,386 passing yards, 117 TDs, 21 INTs. 4, 139 rushing yards, 69 rushing TDs. Total yards= 14,525 yards and 186 total TDs.
He was a 2-time National Player of the Year by maxpreps.com.
Murray was named the National Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015.
He followed in his father’s footsteps, former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, and signed with the Aggies. In a duel for the starting QB job, Murray lost out to Kyle Allen.
Murray transferred to Oklahoma. Murray was the backup to Baker Mayfield for one season before taking over the starting job in 2018. He did not disappoint:
- 4361 passing yards
- 42 TDs
- 7 INTs
After winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy, he was the #1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
One of The Best High School Quarterbacks of All-Time?
“He’s flatly the best high school quarterback I’ve ever covered,”
-Randy Jennings, High School Sports Writer in Texas since 1975
“The Case for Kyler Murray as the Greatest High School Quarterback Ever”
by Mitch Stephens, MaxPreps, April 24, 2019
Murray was ranked #9 on the list of the MaxPreps Top 50 High School Quarterbacks of All-Time (source:“The Case for Kyler Murray as the Greatest High School Quarterback Ever” by Mitch Stephens, MaxPreps, April 24, 2019).
He is another example of the talented quarterbacks to come out of the Lonestar State. Murray made plays with his arms and his legs and kept his team in position to win every game. And during his reign as the starting quarterback for the Allen Eagles, they did.
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