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

The Arizona Republic - - Colleges -

Kyler Mur­ray is The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball Player of the Year, the sec­ond straight Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back and fifth over­all to win the award since it was es­tab­lished in 1998.

Mur­ray beat out Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa in vot­ing by 56 AP col­lege foot­ball poll vot­ers who sub­mit­ted player of the year bal­lots. Ohio State quar­ter­back Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. of Ohio State was third for the award an­nounced Thurs­day.

Mur­ray re­ceived 39 first-place votes and a to­tal of 145 points. Tago­v­ailoa (117 points) re­ceived 13 first-place votes and Hask­ins (55 points) was listed first on four bal­lots.

All three are fi­nal­ists for the Heis­man Tro­phy , which will be pre­sented Satur­day night in New York.

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