Thanks to Kyler Murray, Oklahoma might not have to wait long to get its seventh Heisman Trophy winner.
Murray, a transfer from Texas A&M, fared well in limited action this season. He completed 85.7 percent of his 21 pass attempts for 3 touchdowns, including an 87-yard connection with Marquise Brown. The sophomore did not throw an interception.
Murray started the Sooners’ regular-season finale against West Virginia, the result of Mayfield’s one-drive suspension for indecent actions the previous week against Kansas. Murray broke out a 66-yard run on his first play as a starter; he reentered the game later after Oklahoma a large advantage with Mayfield back in the game.
As Mayfield’s backup, Murray got a firsthand look at what a Heisman season looks like. Mayfield leads the country in completion percentage and yards per attempt while ranking second in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s also on pace to set a single-season record in passing efficiency, a record he set last season.
Considering the majority of Mayfield’s weapons will return next season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Murray also have an outstanding season. It is unknown whether Murray will have a Heisman-caliber season, but there’s no doubt he at least has a shot at the prestigious award.