Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins Davey O'Brien Award

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa won the Maxwell Award on Thursday night.

Murray and Tagovailoa will now head to New York City as Heisman trophy finalists, with the victor more uncertain than usual. For the first time in 84 years, the top three vote-getters are quarterbacks of color: Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. Tagovailoa also won the Walter Camp Award, another award that goes to the best player in the country.

Murray, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior from Allen, Texas, won the award in his final year as a college athlete.

Murray and Tagovailoa will then 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 O'Brien Award was initially given to the top player in the Southwest before going to a quarterback-only honor in 1981.

Murray's 51 combined touchdowns are the most of anyone in college football.

This year's Heisman Trophy ceremony will be aired on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT from the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. 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.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous AP Player of the Year winners from Oklahoma.

The Sooners now have five winners have the Davey O'Brien Award, the most of any school. Tagovailoa also broke Alabama's single-game touchdown records with six (five passing, one rushing) during Alabama's 52-21 victory over Auburn.

Murray, a fourth-year junior, replaced last season's Heisman victor and had an even better season than his predecessor.

  • Angelo Rivera