In what could be seen as a sign of things to come, the Associated Press named Kyler Murray as their College Football Player of the Year on Thursday.
The star quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners was chosen by the AP for their top individual honor. Vote totals aren’t known yet, but we can definitely suspect that Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa got strong consideration for the award. But with that said, it’s Murray, and not Tua, who was voted as the best player in CFB.
Is this a sign of things to come? The Heisman Trophy is being handed out on Saturday in New York City, of course, and Tua and Kyler, along with Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins are the finalists for the coveted honor. The Associated Press started handing out the award 20 years ago. Since then, there have only been five instances where the AP College Football Player of the Year didn’t go on to win the Heisman.
Josh Heupel (2000), Rex Grossman (2001), Brad Banks (2002), Ndamukong Suh (2009) and Christian McCaffrey (2015) are the outliers here, as every other choice went on to ‘strike the pose’ in NYC. Will this mean that Kyler will join the illustrious club? Or will Tua be the sixth man to not win the award, but go on to win the Heisman?
Time will tell, folks. Stay tuned.