It's time for Oklahoma to start planning for another statue at Heisman Park in Norman.
Quarterback Kyler Murray gave the Sooners their second straight Heisman winner and seventh overall, claiming the award Saturday in New York. With Baker Mayfield winning last season, Oklahoma became the fifth school to have back-to-back Heisman winners and the first since Southern Cal in 2004 and 2005.
Murray beat two other quarterback finalists, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, with a late-season surge.
"This is crazy," Murray said in his acceptance speech. "This is an honor, something that I'll never forget. Something that I'll always cherish for the rest of my life."
Murray was named on 92 percent of the ballots, third most all-time. Tagovailoa's 1,871 points received was the most for a runner-up in the 84-year history of the Heisman.
Already a millionaire after being drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB draft, Murray struck gold in his first and almost certainly only season as a starter at Oklahoma. It was an unlikely rise for Murray.
While Murray was a top recruit out of Allen (Texas) High School — where he went 43-0 as a starter and won three state championships — he struggled in a muddled quarterback situation at Texas A&M and then sat out a year after transferring to OU. He spent last season as the Mayfield's backup, throwing only 21 passes. He wasn't officially named Oklahoma's starter until Aug. 22.
Murray led Oklahoma (12-1) to its fourth consecutive Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff, facing Alabama in the semifinals Dec. 29 in the Orange Bowl. He leads the FBS in passing efficiency on what would be a record pace and ranks second in total offense (380.4 yards per game), while accounting for 51 touchdowns (40 passing, 11 rushing). He's thrown for 4,053 yards and run for another 892.
Still, Tagovailoa was the betting favorite until the conference championship games despite seldom playing meaningful snaps in the fourth quarter. While Tagovailoa struggled against Georgia and eventually had to leave the game with an ankle injury in the SEC title game, Murray led Oklahoma over Texas for the Big 12 championship, accounting for 418 yards of total offense and throwing for three touchdowns while avenging the Sooners' only loss.
Murray fought back tears while thanking coach Lincoln Riley.
"You pushed me harder than any coach ever has and I just want to say thank you for believing in me and allowing me to be the quarterback of this team. The leader of this team," Murray said.
Even though he signed a $4.6 million contract with the A's before the season began, Murray has faced questions about whether he would also consider a pro football career as well as baseball.
Asked about it Friday, Murray told reporters his future has "already kind of been decided as of right now."