NEW YORK – Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, making certain a quarterback will win the award for the 16th time within the final 19 years.
The finalists had been introduced Monday, hours after the deadline for 928 voters, together with former winners, to submit their ballots.
Tagovailoa has been the favourite for a lot of the season, however Murray and Haskins completed sturdy. Not like most seasons, there must be some actual drama Saturday evening when the Heisman is awarded in New York Metropolis.
Tagovailoa and Murray will even face off within the School Soccer Playoff, when No. 1 Alabama faces No. Four Oklahoma on the Orange Bowl semifinal on Dec. 29.
The finalists are decided by the margin of votes obtained, beginning with the third- and fourth-place finishers. No less than three and as many as 5 finalists are invited to the presentation ceremony.
The final time three quarterbacks had been the one finalists was 2008, when Sam Bradford of Oklahoma gained over Colt McCoy of Texas and Tim Tebow of Florida.
Tagovailoa’s Heisman marketing campaign began the ultimate recreation of final season, when he got here off the bench as a freshman to steer Alabama to a comeback victory within the nationwide championship recreation towards Georgia. His first season as a starter has been nearly as good as marketed, with 3,353 yards passing, 37 landing passes and simply 4 interceptions. Tagovailoa could be the third Alabama participant to win the Heisman since 2009, however the first quarterback, becoming a member of tailbacks Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.
Murray changed final yr’s Heisman winner, Baker Mayfield, for the Sooners and has been simply nearly as good. The junior, who has already signed a $4.7 million deal to play baseball with the Oakland Athletics subsequent yr, has handed for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Oklahoma would change into the fourth college, becoming a member of Yale, Military and Southern California, to have Heisman winners in consecutive seasons, however the first to have quarterbacks win it in back-to-back years.
Haskins, a third-year sophomore, shattered quite a few Massive Ten passing information this season, throwing for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns to steer the nation in each classes. Haskins is the primary Buckeyes’ finalists since Troy Smith gained the Heisman in 2006.
Ohio State, Southern California and Notre Dame have gained essentially the most Heisman’s with seven. Oklahoma has six.
The Heisman has been dominated by quarterbacks during the last 20 years. The final two winners have been QBs, and since USC’s Reggie Bush gained the Heisman in 2005, 10 quarterbacks have gained it.
Tagovailoa appeared like he could be a runaway Heisman winner heading into the ultimate month of the season, however Murray closed the hole by regularly bailing out Oklahoma’s defective protection. Tagovailoa nonetheless appeared poised to go to New York as the favourite till final Saturday when he threw two interceptions and did not end the Southeastern Convention championship recreation towards Georgia due to a sprained ankle.
Murray and Haskins, in the meantime, each had big video games on championship Saturday, including some suspense to the race, but additionally separating themselves from the remainder of the contenders.
Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier had been within the Heisman combine for a lot of the season and put up numbers to rival Tagovailoa, Murray and Haskins, however each fell in need of main their groups to convention championship video games.
Wisconsin operating again Jonathan Taylor leads the nation in speeding, with 1,989 yards, however the Badgers struggling to a 7-5 season, he did not make the Heisman minimize.