Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is named the AP Player of the Year

Tanya Simon
December 7, 2018

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray won the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's top quarterback Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards. The other finalists for the Walter Camp were Murray, Minshew, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.

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

The victor of the award will be announced Saturday in New York City.

Murray won over Tagovailoa and Minshew for the O'Brien. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was third. It goes to the player of the year. "It's a special deal for me and hopefully I can continue to make my family and teammates proud". Tagovailoa received 13 first-place votes (117 points) and Haskins was listed first on four ballots (55 points). The past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the Heisman.

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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.

Kyler Murray has put together one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma. His 4,527 yards of total offense are more than 68 of the country's other 129 teams, including six squads that are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns to four interceptions and has completed almost 68 percent of his passes.

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