In the weirdest college football season of all-time, these four players stood above the rest and were named Heisman Trophy finalists.
The 2020 college football season will go down as the weirdest of all-time, as it followed the theme of this physically and mentally-tolling year. Many games were played and many games were canceled, but the NCAA made it to bowl and awards season. When it comes to the most valuable player in the sport, we officially have our finalists.
On Thursday, the finalists for the Heisman Trophy were revealed to be Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Alabama’s Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith. The virtual award ceremony will take place on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Heisman field is stacked
Lawrence’s name doesn’t come as a shock, as he’s their most valuable player. Clemson’s lone loss came when Lawrence sat out earlier this season against Notre Dame after testing positive for COVID-19. Upon his return, Lawrence led the team to the ACC title after blowing out the Fighting Irish last week.
In nine games under center, Lawrence threw for 2,753 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 69.2-percent of his passes. Additionally, Lawrence rushed for 211 yards and seven scores on 58 carries.
Trask is coming off a historic season, as he broke Florida’s single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns record. In 11 starts, Trask threw for 4,125 yards, 43 touchdowns and five interceptions all on a 69.7 completion percentage. Trask is Florida’s first Heisman finalist since 2009, when Tim Tebow lost to Alabama running back Mark Ingram.
No one thought Alabama would’ve had a seamless transition following the departure of Tua Tagovailoa, but Jones proved to be the real deal for the Crimson Tide. In 11 contests, Jones threw for 3,739 yards, 32 touchdowns and four picks while owning a 76.5 completion percentage.
Then, there’s Smith, who’s looking to become the first receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard did so back in 1991. The last non-quarterback to win the prestigious award was none other than Alabama running back Derrick Henry in 2015. Sure, Jones deserves credit for Alabama’s success, but Smith’s dominant play played a role in the team finishing the season 11-0.
Smith tallied 98 receptions for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns.
This year’s Heisman race will be the closest in years. Will a quarterback win the award for the fifth-year in a row? Or will Smith break the trend?