Kyler Murray, the quintessential Oklahoma Sooners quarterback

OU’s Kyler Murray named The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year

He beat out Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and West Virginia's Will Grier for the award.

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray won the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's top quarterback Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

"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.

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

Murray will look to become OU's seventh Heisman victor and second straight (Mayfield). Tagovailoa won two player of the year awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.

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Murray won over Tagovailoa and Minshew for the O'Brien. This is the sixth time in the past 15 seasons that different quarterbacks took home the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards, and in four of the previous five times the Heisman went to the O'Brien victor.

Key stats: Passed for 3,353 yards and 37 touchdowns against four interceptions.

Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, one of three finalists for Saturday's Heisman Award, won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Maxwell Award for best all-around player during today's ESPN College Football Awards Show in Atlanta. He needs 108 rushing yards to become just the second player in FBS history to throw for at least 4,000 and run for at least 1,000 in a season (Clemson's DeShaun Watson did it in 2015 with 4,109 passing and 1,105 rushing in 15 games).

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

Tagovailoa has been the presumptive favorite for the Heisman throughout the season. Jackson won the Heisman that season.

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