Murray beat out Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Washington State's Gardner Minshew for the honor.
Oklahoma and Ohio State both have 2018 Heisman Trophy finalists in quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins, respectively. 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. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was named the AP player of the year Wednesday, and was chosen as the Davey O'Brien Award victor as the nation's top quarterback today.
He also won AP National Player of the Year earlier in the day, and is one of the favorites to take home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Tagovailoa also broke Alabama's single-game touchdown records with six (five passing, one rushing) during Alabama's 52-21 victory over Auburn. The Oklahoma quarterback topped Tagovailoa for the Davey O'Brien Award given to the nation's top quarterback. No school has ever produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners who were quarterbacks.
For the 16th time in the last 19 years, a quarterback will win college football's most coveted individual award and that should not be a surprise this season. The last Walter Camp victor to miss out on the Heisman was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. It goes to the player of the year. No other school has had more than two players win AP Player of the Year. Mayfield won the award last season. 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.