The 2018 Heisman Trophy went to Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, who beat out Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins.
Although Tagovailoa was the favorite to win it all season long until right before results were unveiled, Murray’s stellar late-season push gave him the edge for the awards in the end.
Still, 2018 marked one of the closest Heisman races ever, with Tagovailoa having the most voting points ever (1,871) as a runner-up, per ESPN. More than in pretty much any other year, there’s a camp of fans and voters who think the wrong guy won the trophy. Both Tua and Kyler had excellent cases.
Shortly after Murray won, some of Tagovailoa’s teammates, and even one coach, were pretty unhappy about their QB not winning it.
You’ll note a theme in these tweets: that it seems like Alabama’s really looking forward to the Orange Bowl Playoff semifinal against OU later this month.
These Bama players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the result:
Bullshit..— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018
Make them regret it 13.. Not saying Kyler isn’t good but he took 200 snaps more than Tua ♂️— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018
Dec 29 it’s up✊— Isaiah D. Buggs (@BigPooh_91) December 9, 2018
Tua Suppose To Bring that Heisman Trophy back home.— Isaiah D. Buggs (@BigPooh_91) December 9, 2018
Don’t they know not to poke the bear....?— Thomas Fletcher (@longsnapfletch) December 9, 2018
Even Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key tweeted about it:
And so did a lot of Tide fans, apparently:
Some Alabama fans, at least, have been critical of Oklahoma for launching a media campaign for Murray that went a bit negative (by the standards of these things, anyway) on Tagovailoa.
An example of that was this email OU sent to media:
Tua and Kyler, for their part, seemed to get along great during their awards tour.
Tagovailoa beat Murray for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the country’s best all-around player, and the Walter Camp, which is a player of the year award. (College football’s got lots of similar awards.) Murray won the Davey O’Brien, for the top QB,
This was a year of worthy finalists. And it’s OK that Bama’s not happy.
In the meantime, Dec. 29 can’t come soon enough.