Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray Split Top Honors At 2018 College Football Awards, Set Up Heisman Battle
This sets up the showdown for Dec. 8, when they will contend for the Heisman Trophy at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square in New York City.
Tagovailoa received the Maxwell Award for Player of the Year, while Murray was named the nation’s Top Quarterback with the Davey O’Brien Award at the College Football Awards show in Atlanta.
— Turnt Sports News (@TurntSportsNews) December 7, 2018
The two went back and forth throughout the ceremony as Tagovailoa received the Walter Camp Award for best player in college football, and Murray won the Associated Press’ Player of the Year Award.
Tagovailoa may have the edge in the Heisman race, as the past four Maxwell winners and past five Walter Camp winners have all gone on to win the trophy.
There’s never been a more obvious winner than Tua Tagovailoa 🏆 pic.twitter.com/4AQJY6QQwc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 6, 2018
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 winner.
It’s also interesting to note that only five Heisman winners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998.
Tagovailoa, a sophomore, has thrown 37 touchdown passes to just four interceptions while leading the undefeated Crimson Tide to the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Tua is the third Alabama player to win the Maxwell after AJ McCarron in 2013 and Derrick Henry in 2015.
Murray, a junior who plans to focus on baseball in the future, had a 96.0 quarterback rating, the highest in the Football Bowl Subdivision in at least the past 15 years. He was responsible for 51 touchdowns, tied for the most in the FBS.
Murray is currently on pace to become the first FBS starting quarterback to average at least 300 passing yards and 60 rushing yards per game.
AP Player of the Year@TheKylerMurray
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) December 6, 2018
Running back Billy Sims also won the award in 1978 before it became quarterback-exclusive in 1981. The five different players broke a tie with BYU for the most by any school.
Among the other awards given out in Atlanta on Thursday night:
|Maxwell Award||Player of the Year||Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama|
|Walter Camp Award||Player of the Year||Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama|
|Home Depot Award||Coach of the Year||Brian Kelly, Notre Dame|
|Jim Thorpe Award||Best Defensive Back||DeAndre Baker, Georgia|
|Davey O’Brien Award||Best Quarterback||Kyler Murray, Oklahoma|
|Rimington Trophy||Best Center||Garrett Bradbury, NC State|
|Lou Groza Award||Best Placekicker||Andre Szmyt, Syracuse|
|Butkus Award||Best Linebacker||Devin White, LSU|
|Doak Walker Award||Best Running Back||Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin|
|Biletnikoff Award||Best Wide Receiver||Jerry Jeudy, Alabama|
|John Mackey Award||Best Tight End||TJ Hockenson, Iowa|
|Outland Trophy||Best Interior Lineman||Quinnen Williams, Alabama|
|Ray Guy Award||Best Punter||Braden Mann, Texas A&M|
|Bednarik Award||Defensive Player of the Year||Josh Allen, Kentucky|
|Nagurski Trophy||Defensive Player of the Year||Josh Allen, Kentucky|
|Disney Spirit Award||Most Inspirational||Tyler Trent, Purdue|
|William Campbell Trophy||Academic Heisman||Christian Wilkins, Clemson|
|Wuerffel Trophy||Community Service||Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame|
|Broyles Award||Best Assistant Coach||Mike Locksley, Alabama|