Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray Wants To Play Football And Baseball ‘If Possible’

Florence Fletcher
December 9, 2018

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa carries the ball against The Citadel Nov. 17 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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.

Conveniently left out of the picture was Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins - the third finalist for the award. Tagovailoa won two player of the year awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Tagovailoa won the Maxwell over fellow finalists Murray and Grier.

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.

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That didn't stop one Ohio State fan from calling out Kirk Herbstreit on Twitter for ESPN's "typical Ohio State and Big Ten disrespect".

The O'Brien Award was initially given to the top player in the Southwest before going to a quarterback-only honor in 1981. Today, one of them will win the Heisman Trophy. The past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the Heisman.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma.

Behind Murray, the University of Oklahoma has the top rated offense in the country, averaging over 8 yard per play. This has been the year of the quarterback, with FBS records for completion percentage, yards per pass and yards passing per game all within range as bowl season arrives. The 5-foot-9 signal-caller led the Sooners to a College Football Playoff berth while throwing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushing for 892 yards with 11 scores.

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