Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is named the AP Player of the Year

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

Will college football's most famous trophy go to Tagovailoa?

Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. Murray took home the Davey O'Brien Award, which goes to the best quarterback.

After taking part in a little more than 30 minutes worth of interviews, Murray moved down to the floor of the stock exchange, eventually making his way with Tagovailoa and Haskins to the balcony where they rang the closing bell. He beat out Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and West Virginia's Will Grier for the award.

Earlier this week, Tagovailoa was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

"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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The victor of the award will be announced Saturday in New York City. McCarron was the last Maxwell Award victor to not win the Heisman. Given to the nation's best quarterback, the Davey O'Brien award is seen as one of the most-prestigious awards in the game.

Murray joins Baker Mayfield (2017), Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous AP Player of the Year winners from Oklahoma. Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns to four interceptions and has completed almost 68 percent of his passes. Murray now holds the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division 1) record for best passer efficiency rating in a season. He's also rushed for 892 yards and 11 scores.

Murray was Mayfield's backup last season and won the starter's job in preseason practice.

Murray leads the country in total offense (4,945 yards), points responsible for (306) and passing efficiency (205.7). "All the hard work with my teammates has really paid off".

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