Heisman Trophy Finalists

The three finalists for the 2015 Heisman Trophy awarded on December 12 in New York City have been announced. They are Alabama’s running back Derrick Henry, Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

A look at the finalists:

Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) shoes the SEC banner following their win 29-15 over the Florida Gators in the 2015 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

A 6-foot-3, 240 pound junior from Yulee, Florida, Henry carried the Tide to the SEC championship and is leading the nation this year with 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries.

Henry has been dreaming of winning the Heisman trophy since he was a little kid and now his dream could possibly be a reality. If Henry wins, he would be Alabama’s second Heisman Trophy winner. The last one was in 2009 by Mark Ingram.

Henry could be the front runner for the Heisman due to his 189 yards rushing and a touchdown on 44 carries in the SEC title game.


 

Dec 5, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) holds the most valuable player trophy after the Pac-12 Conference football championship game against the Southern California Trojans at Levi's Stadium. Stanford defeated USC 41-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

McCaffrey, the 6 foot, 200 pound sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado broke Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for all- purpose yards in a season with 3,496. He scored 13 touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes.

In Stanford’s Pac-12 victory over Southern California in the championship game, McCaffrey had 461 all-purpose yards. On the season, he ran for 1, 847 yards with eight touchdowns.

If McCaffrey wins the Heisman, he will be Stanford’s second, joining quarterback Jim Plunkett in 1970. The Cardinal has had Heisman runners-up before in running back Toby Gerhart (2009), and quarterback Andrew Luck (2010).


 

Dec 5, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off the field with the MVP trophy after the ACC football championship game at Bank of America Stadium. The Tigers won 45-37. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The 6 foot-2, 210 pound Watson, a sophomore from Gainesville, Georgia has put Clemson in the playoff and will try to bring the school its first national championship since 1981. Watson is the only player in the country who has surpassed 800 yards rushing (887) and 3, 500 yards passing (3, 512). He has also accounted for 41 touchdowns.

Watson amassed 420 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns in Clemson’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game win against North Carolina.  He would be Clemson’s first Heisman winner if he wins the award.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey hope to win the Heisman Trophy for the running backs. The last time a running back won the Heisman was in 2009, when Alabama’s Mark Ingram won the award. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson hopes to win it all for the quarterbacks. For the last five years in a row, quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy.


 

This year Heisman Trophy voting could be very close between three very deserving candidates; the last three winners in Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Johnny Manziel–all won by fairly comfortable margins.

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About Kaitlin Alexander

Hello my name is Kaitlin Alexander, a passionate story teller and lover of sports. Fun facts about me: I am a world traveler, interviewed all three UF Heisman Trophy winners, and a former intern of Bleacher Report. Follow me on Twitter: KalexanderUF

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