The three finalists for the Heisman Trophy were just announced, and for the second season in a row, Trevone Boykin was left off the ballot.
Despite throwing for 3,575 yards and 31 touchdowns, while also rushing for 612 yards and nine touchdowns, a total of 4,187 yards and 40 touchdowns, Boykin was not one of the three finalists. I'm sure his less-than-stellar performance against Oklahoma State and the two games he missed due to injury are what did him in, which is disappointing. It's especially disheartening when we consider who the three finalists are.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Henry has rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, and would be just the second Alabama player ever to win the award. He's currently considered the front-runner to win, and for good reason. He's run for 140+ yards in eight games this season, and for over 200 yards in four. He ran for at least one touchdown in every single game, and had seven multi-touchdown performances.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Christian McCaffrey has rushed for 1,847 yards this season, but just eight touchdowns. He also has 540 receiving yards and four touchdowns. In addition to this, he has accumulated over 1,000 return yards this season, helping him break Barry Sanders' single-season record for all-purpose yardage.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Deshaun Watson has fewer passing yards (3,512) fewer passing touchdowns (30) and more interceptions (11) than Trevone Boykin, but is a Heisman finalist over Tre (and Baker Mayfield) nonetheless. There's no doubt he's an extremely talented player, and the fact he's led Clemson to a 13-0 record and the No.1 seed in the College Football Playoff certainly helps his cause.
My money is on Henry to win the award, but we'll know for sure who takes home the hardware this Saturday, December 12.