ESPN: Kyler Murray among players to watch in 2018 Heisman race

Thanks to Kyler Murray, Oklahoma might not have to wait long to get its seventh Heisman Trophy winner.

ESPN’s Alex Scarborough has Murray as a player “to keep an eye on” in the 2018 Heisman race. Murray is expected to replace Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman winner, as the Sooners’ quarterback.

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.

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