Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask were announced as finalists for the Heisman Trophy Thursday-evening.
Unlike 2019, when LSU quarterback Joe Barrow was the clear favorite to win, the voting figures were much closer, with no clear leader coming out of the field. The Heisman Trophy will take place on January 5th in a virtual ceremony starting at 19.00 hours on ESPN. IT.
Choose from the Alabama finalists. The big receiver Smith has been playing with his team for a month, next to Jaylen Weddle, and has shown that he is capable of making explosive games in space. Smith leads the country with 98 receptions and 1,511 yards and has caught 17 touchdown passes.
Quarterback Jones said it was his teammate: He’s the most electric player in college football. He’s the most important person in Alabama football to us. You can watch the games and see what kind of person he is with the way he plays.
Smith hopes to become the first non-quartermaster to win the Heisman of Alabama by defeating Derrick Henry in 2015. The last wide receiver to win the Heisman was Desmond Howard from Michigan in 1991.
Jones, a junior in red, started four games last season after Tua Tagovailoa was injured and put down a stellar performance in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan. But he had to overtake the former five-star hopeful Bryce Young to win the starting line-up this season.
Then he went to work and showed that he felt comfortable with the system by recruiting, collecting touchdowns and points. Jones is surrounded by some of the best players in college football, including Waddle – one of Heisman’s early expectations until an ankle injury forced him to end his season in late October.
Fault! The file name is not specified. DeVonte Smith had 15 strikes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-46 Florida win in the SEC title game. UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images
In the last four games of the season, Jones and Smith have made it clear that they are among the best players in the country and they have exclamated that statement with a 52-46 victory over the Gators in the SEC title game.
Jones threw for 418 yards and five touchdowns, while Smith made 15 catches for 184 yards and two scores. In total, Jones threw for 3,739 yards and 32 touchdowns, with four interceptions, to lead Alabama’s No. 1.
Only one school has seen its teammates finish first in Heisman’s history: 1945 Army (Doc Blanchard won and Glenn Davis came second).
With teammate Najee Harris announcing she was fifth in the vote on Thursday, Alabama became the first team with three players in the top five of the Heisman vote since 1946, when the army voted for them.
Smith and Jones are also finalists for the Maxwell Award, which is awarded to the best player in the country.
Like Lawrence, 34 to 1 as a starter for the Tigers. He is only the second player in Clemson’s history to join Deshaun Watson (2015 and 2016) as a Heisman finalist. Lawrence’s stats may not be as productive as Jones’, but all Lawrence does is win. He also proved how valuable he was to the Tigers in their 34-10 victory over Notre Dame in last weekend’s CCA championship match.
Lawrence missed the first game against the Irish when he recovered from the coronavirus. Clemson lost double overtime. In the return game, Lawrence had 412 yards on offense and scored three touchdowns in a game that was never really tight.
After the game, Clemson’s coach Dabo Swinney started pleading for his quarterback. This is what I would say: it would be a shame if Heisman didn’t connect their name to Trevor Lawrence, Swinney said. I know it’s a prize for merit, but when you watch college football and you don’t know he’s the best player in the country? I don’t know what you’re looking at.
In nine games this season, Lawrence threw for 2,753 yards with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions, while gathering 211 running yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Trask had one of the best seasons in the history of the school in Florida, and it’s significant that three Heisman winners played there as quarterbacks. Trask set a school record with 43 touchdown passes in 11 games, leading the nation by 11 points. Trask also leads the country in terms of yards per set (375.0) and has set a school record of 4,125 yards per set, including five sets of passes for 400 yards.
Although Trask threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama, Florida lost the game 8-3. Two consecutive defeats before the end of the season, also against LSU, may have hurt his chances of winning.
The players who made it to the top 10 of the Heisman vote were also announced on Thursday. That’s it: No. 5 Harris; No. 6 Iowa State; No. 7 Ohio State, quarterback Justin Fields; No. 8 Ohio State, quarterback Zach Wilson; No. 9 Notre Dame, quarterback Ian Book; No. 10 Florida State, fullback Kyle Pitts.