It’s not an easy task to step in and take over a team in a Heisman winner’s absence. Since the turn of the century, eight quarterbacks have replaced the previous year’s Heisman winner. Seven of them performed markedly worse than their predecessor.

This year, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray is trying to write the book on how to succeed a Heisman winner. Or at least a rough draft. His start to the season made us ask: how do players do after they replace a Heisman-winning quarterback?

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After Baker Mayfield graduated following a Heisman campaign in 2017, Murray took over the starting role for the Sooners this season.

In two games as a starter, Murray has 515 yards passing, five touchdowns, and a rating of 194.9, along with 92 yards and two touchdowns rushing. 

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