Heisman Trophy Finalists Revealed
In it's 80th year, the Heisman Trophy finalists were announced yesterday. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the favorite to win the trophy this year, but Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon aren't far behind. Imagine the three of these guys on a team together - total domination.
"It is humbling to be considered for an award that I have admired for a very long time," Mariota said in a statement. "I would like to thank my teammates and coaches as I could not have been recognized as a finalist without their help."
Mariota had quite the Heisman-esque season in just his third year as the starter at Oregon. He's thrown from 3,783 yards and is the top-rated passer in the nation (186.3). Mariota has thrown 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Ducks' leader has also run for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. Many believe he will be one of the top picks of the 2015 NFL Draft as well.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper has been a monster on the field, setting an SEC record with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns. In a statement, Cooper expressed his gratitude for the honor, stating that this would be his first trip to New York City and thanked his coaches and teammates.
Melvin Gordon is the nation's top back with 2,336 yards rushing and an average of 179.7 per game. The Wisconsin running back broke the single-game FBS record with 408 yards against Nebraska. However, the record only stood for a week. Gordon has potential to break Barry Sanders' single-season rushing record of 2,628 yards if he has another huge game against Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
Someone missing from this list? Last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston, who will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl as part of the first College Football Playoff. Amari Cooper and Alabama will meet Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl in the other half of the first CFB Playoff.