Kyler Murray Picks Joe Burrow Over Jalen Hurts for 2019 Heisman Trophy

By Paul Shapiro
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Kyler Murray had one of the best college football seasons in recent history in 2018. The Oklahoma QB threw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the regular season, leading the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship and earning himself the Heisman Trophy.

Now playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Murray still has his eye on the college game and voiced his opinion on who should win this year's Heisman race. He picked LSU's Joe Burrow over Jalen Hurts, who now plays for Murray's alma mater, Oklahoma.

Like the old saying goes "talent recognizes talent" so it's feasible that Murray knows what it takes to win the award. Burrow is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and leads an undefeated LSU Tigers team into Alabama this weekend to take on the Crimson Tide.

While Murray was the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to win the Heisman, after Baker Mayfield did it in 2017, he's picking another team's signal-caller over a third consecutive season with a Sooner taking home the award. We should consider that just last season the two QBs were rivals, with Kyler playing for Oklahoma and Hurts at Alabama. The Murray-led Sooners lost, 45-34, in the 2018 Orange Bowl to Bama.

And he's not the only former Heisman Trophy winner to weigh in on this year's race. Tim Tebow, who won the award in 2007, said he'd pick Burrow too.

With all the hype around this Saturday's game between LSU and Alabama, the narrative could change depending on the outcome of the game. We'll just have to wait and see who ultimately comes out on top.

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