In one of the most anticipated Heisman Trophy races in years, an all-quarterback trio heads to Manhattan this weekend to find out who among them will be inducted into college football’s most prestigious fraternity.
Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins, Oklahoma redshirt junior Kyler Murray and Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa have performed at the highest level all year, and each player was rewarded Monday with recognition as a Heisman finalist.
Here are 10 stats to know about this year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony:
6: Oklahoma Heisman winners
Running back Billy Vessels won Oklahoma’s first Heisman in 1952, and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the bronze trophy in 2017. In between, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford have claimed the Heisman Trophy. Three of Oklahoma’s six Heisman winners have been quarterbacks.
19: Interceptions thrown by Haskins, Murray and Tagovailoa combined
The trio has combined for 1,130 pass attempts, 788 completions, 11,986 yards and 124 touchdown passes and a total of 19 picks. That's an interception rate of less than two percent (1.7). That’s a pretty staggering number. Haskins has the most picks (eight) along with the most pass attempts (496), followed by Murray (7 in 340 attempts) and Tagovailoa (4 in 294).
9: Pick with which the Oakland Athletics selected Murray in the 2018 MLB Draft
Murray is known as a dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron, but the talented athlete also is a dual-sport star. In June, the Oakland Athletics selected him with the ninth overall pick in the MLB draft, sending both the college football and professional baseball world into a frenzy about his status. Murray signed a $4.7 million deal with the A's that allowed him to return to Norman and suit up for the Sooners this season. No doubt head coach Lincoln Riley and Sooner Nation are extremely grateful for that, but Murray's athletic future appears to be on the diamond.
5: 400-yard passing games by Haskins
With last week’s 499-yard passing performance in Ohio State’s Big Ten title game win over Northwestern, Haskins tallied his fifth 400-yard passing game of the season. Prior to this season, there had been just one 400-yard passing game by a Buckeyes quarterback, ever. That belonged to Art Schlichter, who threw for 455 back in 1981. Haskins went over 400 yards in back-to-back games in October to break that record and also topped Schlichter's mark for yards in a single game twice - throwing for 470 in the loss to Purdue on Oct. 20 and then 499 in the Big Ten Championship Game victory. In just two seasons (21 games), Haskins is already 11th in passing yards in Ohio State program history with 5,145.
8: Fourth-quarter pass attempts for Tagovailoa this year
One of Alabama’s dominant storylines as the season progressed was Tagovailoa's lack of action in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide simply didn't need him, as they had typically put games out of reach by then. Even with fewer opportunities than Murray or Haskins as well as dealing with some injuries, Tagovailoa still was able to compile 3,353 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. Of Tagovailoa’s eight fourth-quarter passes, he has completed four of them for 69 yards and a touchdown.
892: Rushing yards by Murray
Murray’s 4,053 yards passing are third in the nation, but his legs have helped carry him to Manhattan’s PlayStation Theater for Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation. Murray has run for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns on 123 carries (7.3 yards per carry). He's had two 100-yard rushing games. Haskins has 73 carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns, while Tagovailoa has run 48 times for 190 yards and five scores.
4,702: Yards of total offense this season for Haskins
In his first year as a starter, Haskins re-wrote the Ohio State and Big Ten record books, including taking one from that Team Up North. Haskins' 4,702 yards of total offense surpassed former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's previous mark of 4,272, which he set in 2010, for the most in a single season in Big Ten history.
37: Combined wins by all three quarterbacks this season
Tagovailoa's Crimson Tide roll into the College Football Playoff as one of the four remaining undefeated teams (joining fellow playoff participants Clemson and Notre Dame, along with UCF), while Murray's Sooners and Haskins' Buckeyes are both 12-1.
11: Years since Ohio State’s last Heisman winner
Haskins hopes to become the first Buckeye to bring the Heisman Trophy back to Columbus since fellow quarterback Troy Smith did so in 2006. Oklahoma produced a Heisman winner in quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2017, and Alabama running back Derrick Henry won the trophy in 2015.
35: Number of quarterbacks who have won the Heisman Trophy
Davey O’Brien was the first quarterback to win the Heisman when he did so in 1938, and 34 other quarterbacks have since won the bronze statue. Since 2010, seven quarterbacks have been named the recipient of college football's most prestigious award.
— Written by Elton Hayes, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. A sports reporter for The Meridian Star, Hayes also has been an invited guest on "The Paul Finebaum Show." Follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.