Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray split honors at College Football Awards

Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray split honors at College Football Awards

While an Oklahoma quarterback sets his sights on the College Football Playoffs, he has another prestigious award to add to his collection.

When the announcement was made of the finalists for the 2018 Heisman Trophy, history was made as well.

Tagovailoa, a 2017 Saint Louis School graduate, beat out Murray, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen for the Camp Award.

The O'Brien Award was initially given to the top player in the Southwest before going to a quarterback-only honor in 1981. Through 13 games, the sophomore has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns. He's on pace to best Baker Mayfield's all-time single-season passing efficiency mark, as well has his record yards per attempt benchmark. Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns. The past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the Heisman.

He also won AP National Player of the Year earlier in the day, and is one of the favorites to take home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He received a $4.6 million signing bonus from the A's with the expectation that this would be his last season on the gridiron. 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.

"I think he's been one of the best players in college football all year long", Alabama head coach Nick Saban said last week.

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