Despite saying last week he still planned to give up football after this year to start his professional baseball career with the Oakland Athletics, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray hasn't closed the door on the NFL.
In an interview with ESPN's Tim Tebow -- a football and baseball player himself -- that aired Saturday, Murray was asked how he will go about choosing between the two sports.
"I think that's something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me," Murray said. "Right now my future is already kind of planned out, but we'll see what happens."
Murray -- who was drafted ninth overall by the A's this summer and agreed to a contract with a $4.66 million signing bonus -- told reporters on Nov. 26, "I feel like I could play in the NFL, but as far as giving it up, as of now, yeah, that's the plan." He declined follow-up questions.
Murray's baseball agent, Scott Boras, has been steadfast that Murray intends to finish out the season with the Sooners before joining the A's next year, the same plan Murray has voiced for several months.
But Murray's outstanding season for the Sooners -- which has him among three finalists to win the Heisman Trophy -- has boosted his NFL draft stock, with many outlets pegging him as a first- or second-round pick if he were to enter the April draft.
Whichever sport he chooses, the junior does not appear likely to return for his final season of eligibility at Oklahoma.
Asked if that was a possibility, Murray laughed and said, "As of right now, no."
Murray has 4,053 yards passing with 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, as well as 892 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. The Sooners nabbed the fourth seed in the College Football Playoff and will face Alabama in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 14.