ALLEN FB KYLER MURRAY

Allen alum Kyler Murray was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

After taking the college football world by storm, Allen alum Kyler Murray may not be putting down the pigskin anytime soon.

On Monday via Twitter, the former Eagle and Oklahoma quarterback announced that he has declared for the 2019 NFL draft.

Murray had a year for the ages during the 2018 season, capturing the Heisman Trophy and leading the Sooners to the college football playoff semifinal. In 14 games as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, Murray passed for 4,361 yards, ran for 1,001 and totaled 54 touchdowns. The signal-caller's regular-season quarterback rating of 205.7 ranked tops all-time among college football passers, according to Sports-Reference.com.

Despite Murray's success on the gridiron, questions loomed about his future following the 2018 season, given his ties to the baseball diamond after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Murray's contract with Oakland includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

On Sunday, WFAA's Mike Leslie tweeted that Murray had begun negotiations with the Athletics, attempting to command big-time money to stick with baseball. ESPN later reported that Major League Baseball had given Oakland clearance to sign Murray to a major league contract and offer him more money to choose baseball over football.

Monday's announcement doesn't close the door on Murray ultimately pursuing baseball, having 72 hours to withdraw his name from the NFL draft pool.

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