University of Oklahoma

Kyler Murray threw for 4,053 yards with 40 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Heisman Winner

Kyler Murray

QB | RS Junior | University of Oklahoma

Kyler Murray won Oklahoma’s seventh Heisman — and second consecutive — thanks to a remarkable season in which he accumulated 4,946 yards of total offense and 51 touchdowns while leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.

Murray, who followed Baker Mayfield as quarterback at Oklahoma, is the first player to win the Heisman the year after taking over for another Heisman winner. His victory also marks just the fourth time a school has won consecutive Heismans.

He joined Billy Vessels (’52), Steve Owens (’69), Billy Sims (’78), Jason White (’03), Sam Bradford (’08) and Mayfield (’17) as Sooner Heisman winners.  The seven trophies ties Notre Dame and Ohio State for most Heisman wins.

Murray was born August 7, 1997, in Bedford, Texas. The 5-10, 195-pounder attended Allen (Texas) High and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for his football exploits, but he was also renowned as a star on the baseball diamond (he was considered a major prospect for the 2015 MLB draft).

Murray signed with Texas A&M and appeared in eight games as a true freshman in 2015 but, like Mayfield before him, he eventually found his way to Norman as a transfer. After sitting out a year, he served as a backup to Mayfield and then won the job outright in 2018.  He more than filled the big shoes of the reigning Heisman winner, passing for 4,054 yards and 40 touchdowns, with another 892 yards and 11 scores on the ground while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record, the Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. His passer rating of 205.72 was the best in Heisman history, eclipsing the mark of 203.76 set by Mayfield in 2017.

Accordingly, Murray captured the attention of Heisman voters. He polled 2,167 points to capture the award over Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (1,871 points), and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (783 points).

Expected to bypass the NFL to become a Major League Baseball player, Murray instead chose football and was selected as the first overall pick in the 2019 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

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Heisman Voting Results

Number of electors: - Announced: December 8, 2018.

 PlayerClassPositionSchool1st2nd3rdTotal Points
1Kyler MurrayJRQBOklahoma517278602167
2Tua TagovailoaSOQBAlabama2994311121871
3Dwayne HaskinsSOQBOhio State46111423783
4Will GrierSRQBWest Virginia41780126
5Gardner MinshewSRQBWashington State61574122
6McKenzie MiltonSOQBCentral Florida441939
7Travis EtienneSORBClemson061729
8Quinnen WilliamsSODTAlabama141627
9Jonathan TaylorSORBWisconsin121926
10Darrell HendersonJRRBMemphis031521

Three points are awarded for first place on a ballot, with two points for second place and one point for third place.

Heisman Voting By Region

Heisman voters are spread out across six regions, with roughly 145 per region.


1Kyler Murray356
2Tua Tagovailoa375
3Dwayne Haskins114


1Kyler Murray327
2Tua Tagovailoa274
3Dwayne Haskins125


1Kyler Murray360
2Tua Tagovailoa309
3Dwayne Haskins120


1Kyler Murray339
2Tua Tagovailoa291
3Dwayne Haskins202


1Kyler Murray415
2Tua Tagovailoa323
3Dwayne Haskins119

Far West

1Kyler Murray370
2Tua Tagovailoa299
3Dwayne Haskins103


OpponentResultAttCompPctYardsYPATDIntRatingRushesYardsYPCTDPlaysTotal OffYPPTotal TDs
09/01/18Florida AtlanticW 63-1411981.820919.020301.44235.8001523215.472
09/08/18UCLAW 49-21331957.63069.331159.410696.902433758.725
09/15/18at Iowa StateW 37-27292172.434812.030207.415775.100444259.663
09/22/18ArmyW 28-21 (OT)151173.316511.031218.477110.1012223610.734
09/29/18BaylorW 66-33211781.043220.660348.010454.5013147715.397
10/06/18TexasL 48-45261973.130411.741214.411928.4013739610.705
10/20/18at TCUW 52-27241979.22138.940208.79515.700332648.004
10/27/18Kansas StateW 51-14241979.235214.730243.65469.2012939813.724
11/03/18at Texas TechW 51-46352057.136010.332160.4111009.1014646010.004
11/10/18Oklahoma StateW 48-47292172.434912.010184.914664.700434159.651
11/17/18KansasW 55-40322165.62728.521151.489912.403403719.285
11/23/18at West VirginiaW 59-56272074.136413.531216.6911412.7013647813.284
12/01/18+ TexasW 39-27342573.537911.130196.310393.900444189.503
Heisman Stats12-134024170.9405311.9407205.71238927.2511463494510.6851
12/29/18++AlabamaL, 45-34371951.33088.32091.3171096.401544177.73
Season Totals12-237726069.0436111.6427199.214010017.1512517536210.3754

(+) Neutral Site
(++) CFP Semifinal (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla.)