Heisman Trophy history: three quarterbacks of color

Murray Wins Davey O'Brien Award

The Latest: AP top player Murray adds O’Brien; Tua wins Camp

"Kyler Murray has accomplished more in one season and had more impact on the Sooners' tradition in one season than any other player in our history", said legendary former OU coach Barry Switzer.

On Thursday night, the nation's best college football players gathered for an awards show of epic proportions.

One of the most-anticipated awards year-in and year-out is the Davey O'Brien award. He also ranks second in completion percentage (.709; first among Power Five players).

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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. Murray now holds the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division 1) record for best passer efficiency rating in a season.

The skinny: Opened the season as the betting favorite for the Heisman despite not starting a game, thanks largely to a performance in the national title game that included the 41-yard winning touchdown pass in overtime. He had his school- and Big 12-record streak of eight games with at least three TD passes snapped in a win against Oklahoma State on November 10. However, the Alabama quarterback received a couple of positive signs Thursday as he beat out fellow Heisman finalist Kyler Murray for both the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards given to college football's player of the year.

He is up against Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa for the Heisman Trophy which will be presented Saturday night. Murray and Tagovailoa will face each other in the College Football Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl semifinal on December 29. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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