Uhhhhh, Mr. Minshew on Line 2, and Mr. Grier’s appointment was ten minutes ago …
I always vote for the Heisman based on who the signature player of a college football regular season is.
That belief system is taking a hard right turn.
A “dangerous” all-timer of a college quarterback threw for 3,609 yards over the first ten games of his epic season, connecting on just under 70% of his passes with 31 touchdowns and five picks. He averaged just over 11 yards per throw and ran for 231 yards and five touchdowns, leading the way to a 9-1 record.
Of course, Baker Mayfield went on to win the Heisman last year.
At the moment, Kyler Murray is the nation’s most efficient passer – he’s on top by a relative mile after Tua Tagovailoa’s last two games – and he’s right on pace with what Mayfield cranked up.
So far, Murray has 32 touchdown throws and five picks while completing 71% of his passes. He has 3,038 passing yards – almost 600 fewer than Mayfield did over his first ten games – but the 640 rushing yards and seven touchdowns more than make up the stagger.
It’s getting a tad bit overlooked, but …
Kyler Murray might just be putting together the greatest season by any quarterback in the history of college football.
This isn’t a knock on Tagovailoa in any way, but Alabama is 10-0 and rolling if a healthy Jalen Hurts is the starter, too. Oklahoma would still be terrific with the excellent Austin Kendall under center, but … no. It almost certainly wouldn’t be in the College Football Playoff hunt.
Murray came up huge in the loss to Texas, but the defense let him down, just like it has all season long. But with all of the pressure on his shoulders to keep the machine going in crazy shootouts, he’s getting the job done game in and game out.
In the Heisman race, it’s absolutely not fair that Tagovailoa’s knee is giving him problems, but that’s the deal. Unlike the College Football Playoff, the Heisman is totally and completely performance based.
And now, one of the most boring races of all-time has just become one of the most fascinating.