1st-year starting QB will win Heisman

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

Murray beat out Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Washington State's Gardner Minshew for the honor.

All three are finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in NY. Haskins also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in NY. Tagovailoa and Murray will be joined by Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins as finalists. Tagovailoa won two player of the year awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.

Murray, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior from Allen, Texas, won the award in his final year as a college athlete. He has also rushed for 892 yards and another 11 scores. The last Maxwell/Davey O'Brien split among quarterbacks came in 2016 when Lamar Jackson won the Maxwell Award and Deshaun Watson won the Davey O'Brien Award.

While an Oklahoma quarterback sets his sights on the College Football Playoffs, he has another prestigious award to add to his collection. The past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the Heisman. It goes to the player of the year.




Murray leads the country in total offense (4,945 yards), points responsible for (306) and passing efficiency (205.7).

If Murray wins, it would be OU's seventh Heisman Trophy. He received a $4.6 million signing bonus from the A's with the expectation that this would be his last season on the gridiron. Murray now holds the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division 1) record for best passer efficiency rating in a season.

This year's Heisman Trophy ceremony will be aired on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT from the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

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