Tales Of The Tape: Kyler Murray (vs South Carolina 10/31/15)

Player

#1 QB Kyler Murray

Texas A&M

5’11”  185lbs

True Fr.

Home Town: Allen, Texas

Star Rating: 5 (13th Overall Prospect in 2015 and #1 Rated Dual Threat QB in the Nation by ESPN)

SPARQ Score: N/A

Games Viewed of this Player: None

 

Game Viewed

Final: South Carolina 28 and Texas A&M 35

*Resourced from ESPN.COM

Date: 10/31/2015

Location: Kyle Field

 

National Ranks

South Carolina (3-4)

Texas A&M (5-2)

Total Offense

94

48

Passing Offense

100

40

Rushing Offense

67

76

Total Defense

92

65

Passing Defense

55

24

Rushing Defense

112

104

Offensive Efficiency

52

55

Defensive Efficiency

79

25

Player’s Game Statistics

Passing Statistics: 20 of 28 for 223 Passing Yards and 1 Passing TD

Rushing Statistics: 20 Carries for 156 Rushing Yards (7.8 YPC)and 1 Rushing TD

Game Notes

The following are notes taken from this game only.  This in no way constitutes an evaluation but merely observations of this player’s positional traits during this contest.  My hope is that this exercise is a courageous pursuit, one in which we, as a community of passionate fans, can attempt to grow in our understanding of player evaluation.

**This was Kyler Murray’s first game as a starter after seeing limited action throughout the 2015 season. Playing behind So. QB Kyle Allen, Murray had compiled the following season totals prior to this contest:

Passing Statistics: 17 of 31 for 167 Passing Yards, 1 TD and 2 INT

Rushing Statistics: 18 Carries for 92 Rushing Yards (5.1 YPC)

Traits Observed

Mental Processing

  • Makes good decisions at the mesh point on read option, speed option and pass option plays.
  • Did not observe Murraymaking any pre-snap adjustments.
  • Distributes the ball quickly making good decisions as a passer. Displays the capacity to identify weakness in coverage during his drops and deliver the football on time.
  • Makes very good decisions as a runner, avoids unnecessary contact and will slide or go out of bounds when appropriate.

Accuracy

  • Solid accuracy on 2 & 3 step route concepts such as slant and drag routes.
  • Ball placements on all passes adequate due to an inconsistent establishment of a balanced throwing platform and a tendency to not transfer his weight to his plant foot. This appears to affect his posture, which impacts the placement of the football within the WR catch radius.

Arm Talent

  • Upper torso flexibility combined with a slightly protracted throwing motion, generates good torque and arm speed to attack all levels of the field.
  • Solid arm strength, can make throws in tight windows in the short and intermediate areas of the field.
  • Possesses the ability to change velocity and trajectory to match the timing of various routes and facilitates YAC for his WRs.

Competitive Toughness & Poise

  • Looks to extend the play from within the pocket by climbing to avoid pressure.

Athleticism

  • Very Good initial burst as a runner.
  • Very Good change of direction can make tacklers miss in the open field.
  • Good instincts as a runner: understands pursuit angles and has the speed to mitigate them.

Impressions

A solid debut for the Texas native, as the game plan clearly looked to exploit Murray's talents as a runner rather than as a passer. That said, Murray performed well as a passer when called upon. Murray looked confident at the LOS and seemed at ease running A&M’s up-tempo spread offenses. He displayed good play speed executing his reads decisively and distributing the ball quickly on all downs regardless of field position. He showed the capacity to progress through two or more reads and deliver the football on time. Considering the magnitude of the stage, and the story surrounding the QB situation at Texas A&M, Murray appeared focused and in command at the LOS. Under pressure he looked to extend the play from within the pocket; climbing to avoid pressure. Murray’s throwing mechanics are still developing and his lack of consistency greatly impacted his ball placement (see notes above), however he displayed the arm talent needed to attack vertically. As a runner Murray’s talents were on full display as the read option, speed option and option pass game seemed to be a staple of the game plan. In future exposures it will be interesting to see how A&M’s offense evolves to better suit Murray’s skill set; will roll-out passes become more prevalent? Will the vertical passing game get more attention? Will Kyle Allen re-emerge and challenge Murray for the starting job? How will Murray fare against better defenses down the stretch? Two road match-ups to highlight would be at Vanderbilt (20th in Total Defense) on 11/21 and at LSU (4th in Total Defense) on 11/28.

Kyler Murray clearly has the skill set to give defensive coordinators fits at the collegiate level but the question remains will his tool set transfer to the next level? It will be interesting to see how Murray develops as a passer throughout his collegiate career. Either way Texas A&M  has a potentially dynamic playmaker at the helm of their offense moving forward.