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3 Names To Watch In The 2018 Heisman Trophy Race

Running back Derrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after being named the 81st Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Running back Derrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after being named the 81st Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Here are some names to watch next season.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy is set to be awarded in about 48 hours.

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Stanford's Bryce Love and Louisville's Lamar Jackson are the finalists. There's no suspense surrounding this year's trophy, though - it's going to Mayfield.

Looking ahead to next season, what names are going to be mentioned in the race?

Here are three to keep an eye on heading into next season:

Arizona sophomore QB Khalil Tate

Tate was perhaps college football's best player in the month of October, including a 327-yard, four rushing touchdown performance against Colorado and 230-yard, two rushing touchdown performance against UCLA. The dual-threat QB struggled a bit down the stretch, but he should put up some insane stats next fall.

Ohio State freshman RB J.K. Dobbins

Dobbins had a freshman running back season as impressive as Ohio State as seen seen the days of Maurice Clarett. Sharing the backfield with Mike Weber, Dobbins totaled more than 1,300 yards and 7 touchdowns. If Weber leaves early for the NFL and Dobbins is the only featured back, he could be the Heisman Trophy favorite.

Michigan QB Shea Patterson (potentially)

Patterson isn't a Michigan quarterback - yet, anyway. The former 5-star QB recruit is set to visit Ann Arbor this weekend and the Wolverines are seen as the favorite to land him. Some reports suggest he'll be eligible to play right away, too.

If he does, he'll likely be Michigan's starter, and he'll be the best QB Jim Harbaugh has had since taking over the Wolverines' program. There will be a ton of hype and if Patterson can lead the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship and some big rivalry wins (big ifs, obviously) he'll be right in the thick of the race.

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This year's Heisman Trophy is set to be awarded on ESPN on Saturday night.