Kyler Murray is re-uniting with Texas A&M teammates on the Arizona Cardinals
Newly drafted and highly touted quarterback Kyler Murray should be familiar with several of his teammates on the Arizona Cardinals.
Kyler Murray is well-known for his time and success on the Oklahoma Sooners. But before thriving in the Big-12, Murray played ball for Texas A&M, specifically in his freshman year. Though he played just one season for the Aggies, the quarterback enters an Arizona Cardinals’ locker room consisting of three of his teammates from his College Station days.
Murray has two former offensive teammates currently on the team: Christian Kirk and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk and Murray were freshmen at the same time and were pegged as A&M’s future dynamic duo. However, that talk was halted as Murray didn’t finish his college tenure there as then head coach Kevin Sumlin flip-flopped starts between the top pick and Kyle Allen.
But Kirk and Murray did prove to be a dynamic, speedy duo together as Murray threw his first college touchdown pass to none other than the now-Cardinal receiver. As for Ricky Seals-Jones, the now tight end was a starting wide receiver when he was catching passes from Murray.
Cornerback Brandon Williams is the lone defensive player that once shared a Texas A&M locker room with Murray. But, he was a running back for the majority of his college career, and though there isn’t a recorded Murray-Williams handoff, the two likely played together on offense in practice before. But for the most part, Williams was a cornerback in the season they had together.
At the end of the day, Murray played just one season with three current Arizona Cardinals. But there is nothing but good things to take away from that. At the least, the quarterback should be familiar with Christian Kirk’s and Ricky Seals-Jones’ play-style; that chemistry, considering the two pass-catchers figure to be used often, is crucial for a rookie quarterback.
Combine Murray’s familiarity with some of his teammates with a prior understanding of Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid (via Lincoln Riley and Kevin Sumlin, all three coaches are affiliated), and you have a result of an already comfortable young quarterback.