Notes from the 2018 Heisman Trophy ceremony

2018 Final Press Packet

Another Heisman ceremony is in the books. Here’s a breakdown of the vote:

Percentage of ballots on which the top 3 were named:

Kyler Murray – 92.03%

Tua Tagovailoa – 90.64%

Dwayne Haskins – 62.43%

  • 13% of ballots were received prior to the kickoff of the Big 12 Championship game.
  • 85% of ballots were received after the SEC Championship game.
  • Number of ballots received and tabulated – 882 of 929 (95%)

Number of players receiving votes, by place:

First – 12 players

Second – 17

Third – 31

In 2018, 34 players received votes (43 players received votes in 2017).

Murray won five of the six Heisman regions. It’s the first time since 2015 that the winner did not sweep all six regions

Murray is the first junior to win the Heisman since Derrick Henry in 2015.

Murray receive 78% of total possible points, the 8th highest all time.

Murray was named on 92.03% of ballots, the 3rd highest all time.

Tagovailoa received 299 first place votes, the third highest received by a runner up.

Tagovailoa’s 1,871 points is the highest received by a Heisman runner up.


He is Oklahoma’s seventh Heisman winner.
He is the first player to win the Heisman the season after replacing another Heisman winner.
He is the second consecutive player to win the Heisman after transferring from another school,
His victory marks the fourth time a school has won back-to-back Heismans (Yale in ’36-’37, Army in ’45-’46, Ohio State in ’74-’75)).
He joins Doc Blanchard, Cam Newton and Baker Mayfield as Heisman winners who started their careers at another FBS school.
He’s the 16th quarterback in the last 18 years to win the Heisman and 34th overall.
He’s the sixth Heisman winner to come from the Big 12 conference (as currently constituted).
He’s the ninth Heisman winner born in Texas.
He’s the 20th junior to win the award.
He’s the 16th quarterback in the last 18 years to win the Heisman and 34th overall.
He’s the first Heisman winner to wear the No. 1 jersey.
He’s the fifth Heisman winner to take part in the College Football Playoff, joining Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry and Baker Mayfield.
His 205.72 passer rating is the best in Heisman history, topping Baker Mayfield’s 203.76 in 2017.
His 4,945 yards of total offense is second in Heisman history to Ty Detmer (5,022).


He joins AJ McCarron as Alabama players who finished as a Heisman runner up.
He’s the 13th player from a current SEC school to finish as Heisman runner up.


He joins Troy Smith and Rex Kern (1969) as the only Buckeye quarterbacks to log top 3 Heisman finishes.