Allen's Kyler Murray, 41-0 as starter and chasing 3rd title, wins AP player of year in Texas


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DALLAS — Allen quarterback Kyler Murray is one win from Texas high school football history.

At least that's how his coach sees it.

"Going undefeated for the years that he did and the record that he, putting up the yards that he has," Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. "It'll go down as one of the best runs for a quarterback in the history of Texas football I think."

His 41-0 record as a starter along with 14,146 yards rushing and passing and 181 combined touchdowns helped make Murray a unanimous choice as the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors player of the year Friday.

A voting panel of eight sports writer and editors picked Murray on a ballot that included the 10 offensive and defensive players of the year in the five classifications of the AP's all-state teams.

The son for former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, who plans to play for the Aggies as well, will try for a third straight state title in the Class 6A Division I championship game against Cypress Ranch on Saturday night. Allen has a 42-game winning streak.

Murray is the fourth straight AP player of the year winner with a strong sports pedigree. Whitehouse's Patrick Mahomes, last year's winner, is the son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes. So is 2012 winner Kenny Hill of Southlake Carroll, son of former major league pitcher Ken Hill.

The 2011 choice, Aledo's Johnathan Gray, is the son of former Texas Tech running back James Gray.

"Dads that have been very successful in either college or the pros, a lot of times know what it takes work ethic-wise and sometimes they instill that in their kids," Westerberg said. "In this case mom and dad both have kept him grounded and know what it takes to be successful and know what a work ethic is."

Murray was a 14-year-old sophomore when he showed up for August workouts in 2012. He came off the bench in his first game because of an injury and helped lead a 24-0 victory over defending state champion Southlake Carroll in front of more than 20,000 people in the debut of Allen's $60 million stadium.

"He played quite a bit in the second half and he threw for about 150 yards and he had just turned 15," Westerberg said. "He handled that big situation pretty well so we knew at some point in time we'd be making that move."

It came about midway through the season, and now Murray will try to finish his high school career with an 18-0 record in the playoffs. Allen set a scoring record for the state's highest classification in a 63-28 victory over Pearland last season. Allen beat Houston Lamar 35-21 for the 2012 Division I title.

One of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country, Murray has accounted for 74 touchdowns this season (49 passing, 25 rushing).

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