Kyler Murray Finally Reaches The Spotlighted Stage Of Playoffs

The pressure won’t be as intense on Murray, not this early in his career. Besides, this is exactly what he wanted, a moment that was frustratingly far away when he first showed up on Arizona.

“I think this is what he’s been waiting for for three years,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He’s a guy who wants to be playing for something and knows he’s playing for something. This is his first shot at the playoffs, and I expect him to probably play the best game of his career. I know he’s going to give it everything he’s got.”

Murray’s checked off all the other boxes. He won three straight state titles in high school. His lone season starting in college, he won a conference title game and played well in Oklahoma’s playoff loss to a simply superior Alabama team.

The NFL playoffs, admittedly leveled up in Murray’s eyes, seems like the next step.

“I think it’s in the same universe for him,” wide receiver Christian Kirk said. “Anytime you play in primetime for him, when the lights are bright, especially for him, that’s when he plays his best.”

He will have a chance to show it to the nation, with everyone watching.

“There’s no nerves, no fear about playing at a high level,” Murray said. “You just have to go out and execute the plays and be yourself. I cherish the moment. I understand.”

Murray’s three games in primetime this…

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