Video: Kyler Murray high school football highlightsSee the 2014-15 MaxPreps Male Athlete of the Year in action.
left no stone unturned. His high school football career at Allen
was spotless, without a blemish — a 43-0 record as the starting quarterback, leading his team to three consecutive large-school state titles.
The fact that he played in the heart of Texas automatically makes Murray something of a legend.
He won the Texas 2014 Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year, captured the MaxPreps National Player of the Year twice and now has finished off his illustrious career by earning the 2014-15 MaxPreps Male Athlete of the Year Award.
Even with a giant target on his back for leading his Eagles to back-to-back 6A titles, Murray threw for an astounding 4,715 yards and 54 touchdowns with just seven interceptions in 2014.
He also rushed for 1,498 yards and 24 touchdowns as Allen went 16-0 and won the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 mythical national championship.
Murray, who has already enrolled at Texas A&M, finished off his career by throwing for 316 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-16 win over Cypress Ranch in the 6A title game. He finished with 14,146 career total yards and accounted for 181 touchdowns.
"I couldn't have asked for a better season,'' Murray told MaxPreps correspondent Randy Jennings after the game. "I was fortunate to play with three great teams, but this year was special because of the adversity we faced with key injuries. We had to play a lot of young dudes, so leadership came into play.''
Once considered a top baseball prospect — and even a first-round draft pick — Murray also hit .286 with 18 hits, 18 runs and four RBIs, playing shortstop and outfield. He withdrew his name from the baseball draft to focus on football.
Murray recorded four of five first-place votes (the fans accounted for one vote) and finished with 33 points, ahead of the 29 for runner-up Ben Simmons,
the MaxPreps Basketball Player of the Year from national champion Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Another fellow Texan and all-around athlete Hunter Lile
, a three sport-star from Booker
, finished third with 27 points. He received the other first-place vote.
Lile accounted for 14,408 career passing yards and 2,335 career rushing yards and was the small-schools top scorer in basketball. He hit .600 with 41 RBIs and 32 stolen bases for the baseball team.Past MaxPreps Male Athletes of the Year
2013-14 — Patrick Mahomes
, Whitehouse (Texas): football, basketball baseball
2012-13 — Derrick Henry
, Yulee (Fla.): football2011-12 — Anthony Alford
, Petal (Miss): football, baseball2010-11 — Kasen Williams
, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.): football, basketball, track and field2009-10 — Dorial Green-Beckham
, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.): football, basketball, track and field2008-09 — Garrett Gilbert
, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas): football2007-08 — Terrelle Pryor
, Jeannette (Pa.): football, basketballVotingKyler Murray - 33 points (4 first place)
School: Allen (Texas)
Sports: Football and baseballBen Simmons - 29
School: Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Hunter Lile - 27 (1)
School: Booker (Texas)
Sports: Football, basketball and baseball
Austin Riley - 16
School: DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)
Sports: Football and baseball
Devin Duvernay - 14
School: Sachse (Texas)
Sports: Football, track
Michael Norman - 13
School: Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
Sport: Track and field
Kiante Ellis - 8
School: Winchester (Ind.)
Sports: Football, basketballFan vote:
Murray 1,085, Lile 542, Simmons 19, Norman 18, Duvernay 13, Riley 12, Ellis 7.