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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins Davey O'Brien Award

09 December 2018

"I think he's been one of the best players in college football all year long", Alabama head coach Nick Saban said last week.

The last five winners of the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman, but only five Heisman winners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998. Just look at his stats against 2013 Heisman victor Jameis Winston. McCarron was the last Maxwell Award victor to not win the Heisman.

The two quarterbacks are also expected to have a higher passing efficiency than former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield's record set during his Heisman Trophy-winning season past year.

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For the past 82 years, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding player in college football.

Haskins led Ohio State to a No. 6 ranking and a dominant victory in the Big Ten Championship Game, which included throwing for 499 yards and five touchdowns.

Murray lost out on the Maxwell award to Tagovailoa.

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In what turned out to be a very exciting Heisman race this year, we ended up with an all-quarterback group of finalists with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa - the favorite for the vast majority of the season - Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.

But, after an electrifying season that saw Murray eviscerate opposing defenses on his way to becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist, the 21-year-old might be eyeing a more exclusive path. Mayfield won the award last season. He went on to become one of three 4,000-yard passers in the nation and threw for 40 touchdowns.

Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on 56 ballots submitted by AP college football poll voters and announced Thursday. He also has rushed for 892 yards and 11 TDs.

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Murray is the first FBS player to enter bowl season averaging at least 300.0 passing yards (311.8) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (68.6) per game.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins Davey O'Brien Award