Murray Claims OU’s Seventh Heisman Trophy
Kyler Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner.
Another Oklahoma quarterback won college football’s most prestigious individual award Saturday night, and the second-straight Sooner to take home the most prestigious individual prize in college sports. Murray threw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns for Oklahoma this season. In addition to his passing stats, Murray also ran for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. It is the first time since 1945-46 that different players from the same school won the award in back-to-back years. Oklahoma is the first school to have Heisman-winning quarterbacks in consecutive seasons and the fifth overall with winners in back-to-back years.
Murray was a runaway winner, named on 92 percent of the Heisman ballots (third most of all time). Kyler polled 2,167 points to capture the award over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Murray, who started his college career at Texas A&M, joins OU’s Baker Mayfield and Army’s Doc Blanchard in 1945 as the only players to win the Heisman after transferring directly from one major college program to another. Murray is the fourth Sooners quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Jason White in 2003 and Sam Bradford in 2008 and Baker Mayfield in 2017. OU running backs who have claimed the award were Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969 and Billy Sims in 1978. Sims was in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony, proud as always, and wearing his colors (an OU adorned suit jacket).
Congratulations to Kyler Murray!