Next season, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm could reasonably compete with Tagovailoa for college football's most coveted award.
Murray will look to become OU's seventh Heisman victor and second straight (Mayfield).
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.
Murray lost out on the Maxwell award to Tagovailoa. Haskins, who led Ohio State to a 12-1 record and Big 10 championship, has a small following of fans who believe that he is deserving of the trophy come Saturday night. No other school has had more than two players win AP Player of the Year.
The Hawaii native is the favorite to win the award with 36 touchdwons and only two interceptions, while leading the Tide to the No. 1 overall ranking in 2018.
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Murray is a junior, but the Oakland A's picked him in the first round of the MLB Draft this year and he's expected to report for spring training with them.
"It's humbling and an honor to be named AP Player of the Year, to be mentioned in the same realm as a lot of great players, a lot of hall of famers", Murray said. He went on to become one of three 4,000-yard passers in the nation and threw for 40 touchdowns.
Behind Murray, the University of Oklahoma has the top rated offense in the country, averaging over 8 yard per play. This season's finalists, each still with at least one more game, have passed for 11,986 yards and 124 touchdowns, completing 69.7 percent of their passes at 10.6 yards per attempt.
Murray started his career at Texas A&M, where his father, Kevin Murray, set season and career passing records as the Aggies' quarterback in the mid-1980s. "All the hard work with my teammates has really paid off".