Moments ago, the four finalists for this year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony were announced on ESPN.
There weren’t any surprises. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the prohibitive favorite, obviously made the cut. As did Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who will face Burrow and the Tigers in this year’s College Football Playoff.
Hurts will try to become the third straight Oklahoma quarterback to take home the trophy. Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) each won the Heisman.
Ohio State, meanwhile, earned two finalists. Quarterback Justin Fields will head to New York this weekend, as will defensive end Chase Young.
A defensive player has not won the award since Charles Woodson in 1997, and it is rare for one to even be invited as a finalist. Young being there speaks to the type of season he had.
Heisman finalists: Burrow
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A quarterback has won the award eight out of the last 10 seasons. Expect it to become nine of 11 when Burrow hears his name called on Saturday.
This year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony will get underway at 8 p.m. ET in New York City on Saturday night. You can watch on ESPN.