1st-year starting QB will win Heisman

Murray and Tagovailoa will now head to New York City as Heisman trophy finalists, with the victor more uncertain than usual. This is the sixth time in the past 15 seasons that different quarterbacks took home the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards, and in four of the previous five times the Heisman went to the O'Brien victor.

He beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the Associated Press' honor, but he will still face off against them in the race for the Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa won two player of the year awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.

Murray lost out on the Maxwell award to Tagovailoa.

Murray and Tagovailoa will then face each other in the College Football Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl semifinal on December 29. The Oklahoma quarterback topped Tagovailoa for the Davey O'Brien Award given to the nation's top quarterback.

For the 16th time in the last 19 years, a quarterback will win college football's most coveted individual award and that should not be a surprise this season. Jackson won the Heisman that season.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma. 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. Through 13 games, the sophomore has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns. Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns.

If Murray wins, it would be OU's seventh Heisman Trophy. McCarron was the last Maxwell Award victor to not win the Heisman. Mayfield won the award last season.

  • Stacy Allen