1st-year starting QB will win Heisman

by Leon Thompson December 9, 2018, 1:19
1st-year starting QB will win Heisman

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa won the Maxwell Award on Thursday night.

All three are finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in NY. For the first time since 2008, when Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy and Florida's Tim Tebow were the Heisman finalists, only quarterbacks were invited to NY for the trophy presentation. He is a finalist for the award with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Earlier in the day, the Walter Camp Award for best player went to Tagovailoa, while Murray won the Associated Press' Player of the Year. He joins Henry (2015) and McCarron (2013) as the only Crimson Tide players to win the Maxwell Award.

Murray added the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback Thursday night at ESPN's College Football Award Show at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta. No school has ever produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners who were quarterbacks.

Murray's 51 combined touchdowns are the most of anyone in college football. The past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the Heisman.

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As for raw numbers, Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while completing 71 percent of his passes. No other school has had more than two AP Player of the Year winners.

Murray was Mayfield's backup last season and won the starter's job in preseason practice.

Murray is having a historic season.

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.

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