Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Heisman Trophy: Meet Kyler Murray and the other finalists

Heisman Trophy: Meet Kyler Murray and the other finalists

He is a finalist for the award with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has put together one of the greatest individual seasons in Sooners football history.

While an Oklahoma quarterback sets his sights on the College Football Playoffs, he has another prestigious award to add to his collection.

Named the AP Player of the Year earlier Thursday, Murray leads the nation in total yards (school-record 4,945), points responsible for (306), passing efficiency rating (205.7; FBS record is 198.9), yards per pass attempt (11.9; FBS record is 11.1) and yards per completion (16.8, tied).

Murray received 39 first-place votes and a total of 145 points. Tagovailoa also won the Walter Camp Award, another award that goes to the best player in the country.

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The Walter Camp victor has won the Heisman the last five seasons.

The skinny: Opened the season as the betting favorite for the Heisman despite not starting a game, thanks largely to a performance in the national title game that included the 41-yard winning touchdown pass in overtime. Murray and Tagovailoa will face each other in the College Football Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl semifinal on December 29.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous AP Player of the Year winners from Oklahoma.

The Allen, Texas, product has completed 241 of 340 passes this year for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns to seven interceptions. No other school has had more than two AP Player of the Year winners. "All the hard work with my teammates has really paid off".

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