The Heisman Trust announced the finalists for the trophy on Tuesday evening. Although it’s largely considered a two man race, three invites were extended to players from across the country. In a bit of a surprise move, the quarterback position is the only one represented on the list of candidates. Set to present the award on December 8th, here are the three hopefuls.
Dwayne Haskins | Ohio State Quarterback
The single season record holder in Big 10 history, Dwayne Haskins amassed 47 touchdowns alongside 4,580 passing yards. The number eclipses the previous mark of 3,300 set in 1998. Completing 70.2% of his pass attempts, Haskins helped lead the Buckeyes to a second consecutive conference championship. As a sophomore, the quarterback remains the face of the program for the foreseeable future. Receiving an invite to the ceremony in New York, Haskins appears to be a mere outsider looking in. Still it’s a great honor for the young and budding star.
Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback
Leading the charge all season long, Tua Tagovailoa continued momentum into the season from the past national championship win. Playing complimentary football, the quarterback found himself on the sideline due to large leads against quality competition. As the front man of the nation’s best team, Tagovailoa is an easy invite to the ceremony in New York. Posting 3,353 passing yards and 37 touchdowns, the signal caller has been the most prolific in Bama history. However, the front-runner stumbled in the SEC Championship game. Is one bad game enough to relinquish control of the trophy?
Kyler Murray | Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback
Maintaining a slight edge over Tua in offensive efficiency, some point toward quality of opponent as a knock against Kyler Murray. Still, the quarterback opted for a year in the college ranks while postponing a shot in the MLB for the chance to claim a national title. Racking up 4,053 yards through the air and another 892 on the ground, Murray’s stats remain eye-popping. Labeled as the most dynamic player in the country, the player quickly close the gap in the Heisman race. Now, it appears as though we have a new leader.
According to ESPN as well as Bovada, a single bad game from Tagovailoa allowed Murray to sneak ahead in the odds. Yet, plenty of votes were submitted before the conference championship game. Right now the race remains extremely tight. It’s really anyone’s guess as to who will claim a spot in college football’s most elite club this weekend.