Murray Named Davey O'Brien QB of the Week

Mike Houck
By Mike Houck
Assistant A.D. / Strategic Communications

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray picked up his third award of the week on Thursday for his efforts in Saturday's 49-21 win over UCLA, as he was named the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week.

A redshirt junior from Allen, Texas, Murray accounted for five touchdowns as the Sooners won for the 24th time in their last 26 games. He was 19-for-33 through the air for 306 yards and three TDs, and rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a pair of scores.

The game marked the first since OU’s 2014 contest at Iowa State (Trevor Knight, 146) that a quarterback led the Sooners in rushing yards. Murray became just the third Sooner since 1996 (the start of the Big 12 era) to throw for over 300 yards and rush for at least 65 yards, joining Knight and Baker Mayfield.

On Sunday, Murray was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week, and on Monday picked up Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.

This is Murray's first Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Award. Three OU signal callers have won four total Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Year Awards, presented each December. Jason White earned the honor in 2003 and 2004, Sam Bradford in 2008 and Mayfield last season. Sooners running back Billy Sims won the award in 1978 when it was given to the top player in the Southwest.

In 1938, Davey O'Brien, a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

O'Brien was drafted fourth overall in the 1939 NFL Draft and earned Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season after setting a National Football League record for season passing yardage. The NFL's highest-paid player retired after the 1940 season to become an FBI agent.

The No. 5/5 Sooners, who own a nation-best 16-game road winning streak, open Big 12 play Saturday at Iowa State. OU has won 23 straight games against the Cyclones in Ames.

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