Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Tagovailoa, Murray and Haskins named Heisman Trophy finalists

Tagovailoa, Murray and Haskins named Heisman Trophy finalists

For the majority of the season, the Heisman Trophy race was considered to be all but wrapped up by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

While Murray will hope to be Oklahoma's seventh Heisman victor, and fourth Sooners quarterback (Jason White, Sam Bradford and Mayfield) since 2003, Tagovailoa is attempting to become Alabama's first-ever Heisman-winning quarterback.

While recency bias favors Murray over his Alabama counterpart, it's important to note that Tagovailoa is coming off one of the best statistical regular seasons in recent college football history.

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It's official: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is heading to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist. As such, those three will all go to NY for the Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 8. OU has also produced a nation-leading nine Heisman finalists since 2000, which is three more than the school with the next most during the span (Alabama has six). In the end, there are only four, with three.

Murray, a two-sport star who was selected by the A's in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft last June, produced 51 touchdowns - 40 through the air and 11 on the ground - 4,985 all-purpose yards and led the nation in quarterback efficiency rating (205.7) and yards per pass attempt (11.9). Murray also tallied 892 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Grier has thrown for 351.3 yards per game and 37 touchdowns with a 175.5 passer rating this season. On the year, he's thrown for 4,053 yards while completing 71 percent of his passes. He put up 41 total touchdowns and two interceptions. This will mark the eighth time in nine years a quarterback has won the prestigious award, which is voted on by past winners and members of the media, with Alabama's Derrick Henry the lone exception in 2015.

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