Earlier on Monday, Oklahoma Sooners QB Kyler Murray was revealed to be the favorite to take home the Heisman Trophy, which would make him the seventh winner in school history. On Monday evening, Murray was officially named a finalist along with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. If he takes it home on Saturday, he’ll become the first player to take over for a departing Heisman winner and then win the award.
Murray ranks first nationally in passing efficiency rating (205.7; the NCAA single-season record of 198.9 was set by Baker Mayfield last year) and yards per pass attempt (11.9), is tied for first in PPG responsible for amongst P5 players (23.5), and is second in the FBS in total offense per game (380.4) and yards per completion (16.82). What separates him from other candidates is his effectiveness as a runner, as Murray has rushed for 11 TDs and 892 yards (7.3 yards per attempt).
Oh, and he’s also clutch AF.
After coming up big in OU’s revenge game against Texas, his Heisman buzz is as loud as it’s ever been. In fact, Murray is now the betting favorite to take home the award. This was aided by a combination of his performances down the stretch combined with the fact that Tagovailoa was unable to make a statement against Georgia.
ESPN’s coverage of the Heisman Trophy Presentation will begin Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. CT.