That could be a positive sign for Murray’s Heisman dreams. Last year’s winner, Baker Mayfield, also won the Heisman Trophy. In fact, nine of the last 12 winners of the Davey O’Brien Award went on to win the Heisman.
Murray, the junior from Allen, had a stellar season. He was 241-for-340 (.709) passing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 892 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 11 scores, and leads the nation in passing efficiency (205.7), total quarterback rating (96.0) and yards per pass attempt (11.9), and is tied for first in points responsible for (306).
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OU now has five Davey O’Brien winners, the most by any school in the nation. Jason White (2003-04), Sam Bradford (2008) and Mayfield (2017) were the others. BYU has the second-most winners with four.
Murray will be honored at the 42nd Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 18 at the Fort Worth Club.
Murray had stiff competition for the award, particularly from Tagovailoa. They are considered the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy (Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is the other finalist).
Here’s a complete list of Davey O’Brien Award winners: Jim McMahon (BYU, 1981), Todd Blackledge (Penn State, 1982), Steve Young (BYU, 1983), Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984), Chuck Long (Iowa, 1985), Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986), Don McPherson (Syracuse, 1987), Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988), Andre Ware (Houston, 1989), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990-91), Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992), Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), Kerry Collins (Penn State, 1994), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995-96), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Michael Bishop (Kansas State, 1998), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech, 1999), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001), Brad Banks (Iowa, 2002), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04), Vince Young (Texas, 2005), Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010), Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012), Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014), Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2015-16), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, 2017) and Kyler Murray (Oklahoma, 2018).