Written by Corbett Smith
Dallas-area Offensive Player of the Year: Allen QB Kyler Murray has yet to lose a game in his high school career
Among the eye-popping stats which could justify Allen’s junior quarterback Kyler Murray winning every high school award in the book, this one stands out: in 27 starts dating back to midway through his sophomore season, Murray is 27-0, leading Allen to back-to-back state titles for the first time in the program’s illustrious history.
Against the best competition that the state of Texas can offer – DeSoto, Coppell, Cedar Hill, Skyline, Southlake Carroll and others – Murray is unbowed.
"The bigger the stage, the better he plays," Allen coach Tom Westerberg said after the 2013 final. "And tonight was the biggest stage you can get in high school football in Texas."
That’s heady stuff for a 16-year-old. But this isn’t an ordinary kid.
The son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, Murray has already passed for 5,000 yards. He’s thrown 63 touchdowns, rushed for over 2,500 yards and 44 scores. And he does everything so effortlessly, it borders on the obscene.
“A lot of times it just look like he flicks it, and it goes 50 yards down the field,” Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener said.
Midway through his peerless performance in the Class 5A Division I final against Pearland, Murray was getting halftime shout-outs on Twitter by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel – saying there was “no doubt” Murray “was about to light up this state game in the second half.”
Murray finished as the game’s MVP for the second straight year, completing 11 of 14 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 189 yards and a score.
Greatness knows greatness.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 170
About Murray: The Gatorade player of the year in Texas, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He was Allen’s leading rusher as well, averaging 8.44 yards a carry for 1,274 yards and 19 scores.
What’s next?: Considered one of the nation’s best dual-threat prospects, Murray holds scholarship offers from programs such as Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M.
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