It’s official: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is heading to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Murray is OU’s fourth finalist in the past three years. Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook were finalists in 2016, and Mayfield was again a finalist in 2017, when he won the award.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are the other finalists. Tagovailoa has been the favorite for most of the season, but Murray may have passed on him championship weekend.
Murray went 25 of 34 for 379 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Texas. Tagovailoa, meanwhile, threw two interceptions and struggled mightily against Georgia before exiting with an ankle injury. The Crimson Tide were able to come back to win the game with backup Jalen Hurts leading the way.
According to MyBookie, Murray is now the betting favorite to win the award:
Murray has also taken the lead in several major Heisman straw polls.
If Murray does win, Oklahoma would become the first school to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies at the same position since Army in 1945-46 (running backs Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis). USC won back-to-back Heismans in 2004-05, but Reggie Bush’s was later vacated.
Murray is on pace to break Mayfield’s single-season NCAA efficiency record with a mark of 205.7. On the year, he’s thrown for 4,053 yards while completing 71 percent of his passes. He’s also rushed for 892 yards and has 51 total touchdowns (40 passing and 11 rushing).
The winner of the 2018 Heisman Trophy will be announced Dec. 8.
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