With the college bowl games all set and ready to go later this month, the NCAA revealed the three Heisman Trophy finalists for the 2018 season. Tua Tagovailoa, Dwayne Haskins, and Kyler Murray will all have their game film studied by the election committee and hope they emerge as the winner.
In regards to Oklahoma quarterback, Murray got some praise from his former teammate.
Last year's Heisman winner and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield revealed why he will use his vote on Murray, and he makes a rather strong case.
"You take him out from OU, and they’re not in the playoffs," said Mayfield this past Sunday, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Best player in the country. Fifty touchdowns responsible for. To me, after being around him it might be easy for me to say that, how special of a player he is, but to me it’s obvious.
"It’s nothing against Tua. Absolutely not. I think he’s had an incredible year, but I think it showed for itself yesterday."
Mayfield makes a compelling argument, as the Sooners have been plagued by the inefficiencies on defense. Murray has the game-changing ability with his arm and feet to keep Oklahoma in just about any contest.
Here are three clues as to who is getting Baker Mayfield's Heisman vote:— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 3, 2018
1️⃣ He is the starting QB for the Sooners
2️⃣ He just led Oklahoma to a Big 12 title
3️⃣ His name is Kyler Murray
More on why Murray earned Mayfield's vote: https://t.co/iKIrZ0K2B0 pic.twitter.com/NIN7pipehu
When looking at Tagovailoa, he has the benefit of a strong supporting cast, as well as an NFL-caliber defense. But the biggest red flag came in the SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs. In that game, Tagovailoa completed just 40 percent of his passes for 164 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
The Heisman Trophy will often go to the player who has been consistent all season long and who is single-handedly a difference maker on the team. That's the case Mayfield is making, and it's strong one.
We'll have to see if his fellow voters agree, as the winner is revealed this Saturday, Dec. 3.