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

He beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the Associated Press' honor, but he will still face off against them in the race for the Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa won two player of the year awards, taking the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Murray's strong 2018 campaign has drawn comparisons to 2017 Heisman Trophy victor and former Oklahoma starter Baker Mayfield.

Or will the Heisman go to Murray?

No. 4-ranked OU, which behind Murray leads the nation in points per game (49.5), yards per game (577.9) and yards per play (8.7; FBS record is 8.6), will make its 52nd bowl appearance when it takes on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29 at 7 p.m. CT.

- Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen won the Chuck Bednarik award as the nation's top defensive player. No other school has had more than two AP Player of the Year winners.

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Murray lost out on the Maxwell award to Tagovailoa.

The A's selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the amateur draft last June.

Kyler Murray has put together one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history.

Oklahoma's junior quarterback threw for 40 touchdowns and 4,053 yards this season, while rushing for 892 yards and 11 scores. Mayfield won the award last season. Murray and Tagovailoa will face each other in the College Football Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl semifinal on December 29. He also added 190 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground, giving him the single-season school record for most combined touchdowns with 42. "All the hard work with my teammates has really paid off".

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