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Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray gained The Related Press faculty soccer Participant of the Yr on Thursday, changing into the second straight Sooners quarterback and fifth general to win the award because it was established in 1998.
Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on 56 ballots submitted by AP faculty soccer ballot voters and introduced Thursday. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was third.
“It is humbling and an honour to be named AP Participant of the Yr, to be talked about in the identical realm as quite a lot of nice gamers, quite a lot of corridor of famers,” Murray mentioned. “It is a particular deal for me and hopefully I can proceed to make my household and teammates proud.”
Murray obtained 39 first-place votes and a complete of 145 factors. Tagovailoa obtained 13 first-place votes (117 factors) and Haskins was listed first on 4 ballots (55 factors).
Murray added the Davey O’Brien Award because the nation’s high quarterback Thursday night time at ESPN’s Faculty Soccer Award Present on the Corridor of Fame in Atlanta. Tagovailoa gained two participant of the 12 months awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.
Murray and Tagovailoa will now head to New York Metropolis as Heisman trophy finalists, with the winner extra unsure than standard. Haskins is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy , which will probably be introduced Saturday night time in New York.
The final 5 Walter Camp winners gained the Heisman Trophy and the final 4 Maxwell winners have gained the Heisman. Solely twice since 2002 has the AP Participant of the Yr not gained the Heisman, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in 2015.
Murray and Tagovailoa will then face one another within the Faculty Soccer Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama performs No. four Oklahoma on the Orange Bowl semifinal on Dec. 29.
The remainder of the school soccer award winners Thursday night time have been:
— Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen gained the Chuck Bednarik award because the nation’s high defensive participant.
— Alabama defensive deal with Quinnen Williams gained the Outland Trophy because the nation’s high inside lineman.
— Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker gained the Jim Thorpe Award because the nation’s high defensive again.
— Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor gained the Doak Walker because the nation’s greatest working.
— Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy gained the Biletnikoff Award because the nation’s high extensive receiver.
— Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt gained the Lou Groza Award.
— Texas A&M punter Braden Mann gained the Ray Man Award.
Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as earlier AP Participant of the Yr winners from Oklahoma. No different faculty has had greater than two AP Participant of the Yr winners.
Murray, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior from Allen, Texas, gained the award in his remaining 12 months as a school athlete. The Oakland Athletics took Murray with the ninth choose within the Main League Baseball draft in June. Murray, who batted .296 with 10 house runs and 13 doubles in 50 video games because the Sooners’ centre fielder, signed for almost $5 million, with the A’s agreeing to let him return to highschool and play soccer this season .
Murray was Mayfield’s backup final season and gained the starter’s job in preseason apply. He went on to change into considered one of three four,000-yard passers within the nation and threw for 40 touchdowns. He additionally has rushed for 892 yards and 11 TDs.
Murray leads the nation in complete offence (four,945 yards), factors chargeable for (306) and passing effectivity (205.7).
Murray began his profession at Texas A&M, the place his father, Kevin Murray, set season and profession passing information because the Aggies’ quarterback within the mid-1980s. Kyler Murray transferred to Oklahoma after his freshman season, sat out a season per switch guidelines after which backed up Mayfield.
“It has been a protracted journey with quite a lot of ready, however I feel it is all been price it,” Murray mentioned. “All of the onerous work with my teammates has actually paid off.”
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