Mak­ing the case

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Sports -

A look at the top three Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­dates and their case for the award:

KYLER MUR­RAY, OK­LA­HOMA Mur­ray led the FBS in yards per at­tempt (11.9) and ESPN’s passer ef­fi­ciency rat­ing. He was sec­ond in com­ple­tion per­cent­age (70.9 per­cent) and in pass­ing touch­downs (40), adding 11 on the ground. He had a bril­liant 65-yard run on the first drive of Ok­la­homa’s penul­ti­mate game ver­sus West Vir­ginia. The Soon­ers went 12-1, again, and won the Big 12, again, and will go to the play­off, again.

TUA TAGO­V­AILOA, ALABAMA Sec­ond in passer ef­fi­ciency and yards per at­tempt. Third in touch­downs — he threw 37 touch­down passes against four in­ter­cep­tions, which is the kind of thing Tom Brady does. Al­though his Alabama coaches likely lived in con­stant fear that he would get in­jured, he still man­aged five touch­downs on the ground. Other im­por­tant num­bers are 13 and 0 — as in, Alabama went 13-0.

DWAYNE HASK­INS, OHIO STATE By far the most touch­downs in the FBS, with 47 (next is Mur­ray, with 40), and that is not count­ing four more on the ground. One of just six el­i­gi­ble quar­ter­backs with a com­ple­tion rate above 70 per­cent. Like Ok­la­homa, Ohio State went 12-1 and won its con­fer­ence. Hask­ins’ sig­na­ture game came in the sea­son’s most im­por­tant, the 62-39 win over Michi­gan — against whose fan­tas­tic de­fense Hask­ins threw for 396 yards, 6 touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions.

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