It’s unlikely. It’s even improbable to follow up a Heisman winner with another Heisman winner. However, for Sooner magic, nothing is out of reach as quarterback Kyler Murray wins the 2018 Heisman Trophy.
Taking over the reins in the foot steps of Baker Mayfield, Murray didn’t shy away from expectations. After sitting on the bench for three years, and coming back despite a pro baseball career waiting on him, he used those expectations to push himself to a 70.9 completion percentage — 0.4 percent higher than Baker Mayfield — with 4,053 yards passing and 40 touchdowns to just seven interceptions so far on the season.
Murray has also caused havoc on the ground by racking up another 892 rushing yards and another 11 touchdowns. If you didn’t do the match, that’s 51 touchdowns on the season with at least one game left to go.
To put Murray’s rushing performance into perspective, Mayfield, known for his ability to keep plays alive and turn nothing into something, only rushed for 311 yards last season.
Despite Murray’s numbers though, he was the Heisman underdog for pretty much the entire season behind his Orange Bowl counterpart, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tua led the Heisman odds until the final week of the season, although he trails Murray statistically. Tagovailoa had just 3,353 passing yard (just), 37 touchdown to four picks, with a 67.7 completion percentage.
The odds changed in Murray’s favor when Tagovailoa went down in the first half in the SEC Championship game, while Murray put up a 379-yard, three touchdown performance in the Big 12 Championship game against rival #14 Texas.
Although it was considered a two-man race by most, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was also invited to New York. Haskins put up 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions.
Murray is the seventh Sooner, and the sixth Big 12 player to win the award. Boomer Sooner.