Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley defends QB Kyler Murray: ‘All he cares about is winning’

NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray commits to focusing on football

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley does not believe the recent reports about Kyler Murray are accurate.

Former general manager and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said Tuesday that Murray received the “worst comments” he has ever heard about a highly rated quarterback. But, Riley, who coached the star at Oklahoma, said that was not the case.  

“I’ve personally spoken with the majority of teams that he met with (at the Combine) and everyone was glowing about their conversations with Kyler,” Riley said during an interview Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show.

Murray took home the Heisman Trophy after he threw for 4,361 yards and tallied 54 total scores last season. Oklahoma finished with a 12-2 record and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinal, where it fell to Alabama.

“Kyler was a tremendous leader for us,” Riley said. “A tremendous leader … And as far as processing offense, he just had the greatest single season in the history of college football, so I think he can process just fine.”

The Cardinals are “almost universally” believed to be planning to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in next month’s draft, according to an earlier report from NFL Network.