Alabama’s Jones, Clemson’s Lawrence among Heisman finalists
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask were named finalists for the 2020 Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Trust announced on Thursday night.
The field of 10 was narrowed to four, with the winner to be announced on Jan. 5 during a virtual ceremony on ESPN.
Alabama running back Najee Harris placed fifth in the voting, ahead of Iowa State running back Breece Hall and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson placed eighth, followed by Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, who became the first player at his position to finish in the top 10 in the Heisman vote since 1977. Pitts had 770 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving in just eight games this season.
Jones has thrown for 3,739 yards, second highest nationally, with 32 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has completed 76.5 percent of his passes, and would become just the third Alabama player and first Crimson Tide quarterback to win the award.
Smith is tops nationally in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4). He is vying to become the first receiver to win the award since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991 and the first non-quarterback to claim it since former Alabama running back Derrick Henry took it home in 2015.
Lawrence could become Clemson’s first Heisman Trophy winner. He has thrown for 2.753 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions despite missing two games after testing positive for COVID-19. He has gone 34-1 as a starter with three ACC titles, a national championship and a runner-up finish. The highest Heisman voting finish for a Clemson player was by Deshaun Watson, who was a finalist twice and the runner-up in 2016.
Trask leads nationally in total touchdowns (46), touchdown passes (43), passing yards (4,125) and passing yards per game (375) in 11 games. He also is the only Southeastern Conference quarterback ever to throw for at least 400 yards five times in a season. His 46 touchdowns are second only to Tim Tebow’s 55, which he posted during his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2007. Trask is seeking to become the fourth Gator quarterback to win the Heisman, also joining Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Steve Spurrier in 1966.
Jones and Smith will lead top-ranked Alabama against No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, while Lawrence and the No. 2 Tigers will face No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, also on Jan. 1. Trask and the No. 7 Gators face No. 6 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 30.
–Field Level Media