The Heisman Trophy will be awarded for the 79th time on Saturday night to the most outstanding college football player of the year at the PlayStation Theatre in New York City.
Two of the three finalists are running backs (Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey) while the other is a quarterback (Deshaun Watson). The last non-quarterback to win the award was Mark Ingram (RB, Alabama) in 2009.
Below we take a look at all three finalists and their resume for college football’s biggest individual honor:
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama: Henry is the odds-on favorite to take home the hardware as he paced the consistent rush attack of No. 2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1) on their way to an SEC title and now heads into the College Football Playoff for the second straight year. Henry led the nation in touchdowns (23), attempts (339) and yards (1,986), breaking Herschel Walker’s SEC rushing record in the process. He ran for over 100 yards nine times, over 200 yards four times and reached the end zone in every game this season. Henry accounted for 36 percent of Alabama's total yards and 42 percent of its total touchdowns in 2015.
RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: The son of former NFL wide out Ed McCaffrey compiled the most yards in college football history, breaking Barry Sanders’ record set in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 1988. He totaled 3,496 all-purpose yards, over than 1,000 yards more than any other player this year. His 319 attempts and 1,847 rushing yards are No. 2 in the country while McCaffrey also compiled 540 receiving yards and 15 all-purpose touchdowns, including two passing scores. The versatile McCaffrey also boasts a top-10 kick return average as the most integral part of Stanford’s Pac-12-winning season (12-1, 8-1) and Rose Bowl berth.
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson: First, Watson led the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (13-0, 9-0) to an ACC title and now takes them into the College Football Playoff as he becomes the university’s first Heisman finalist. Watson passed for 3,512 yards, good for No. 1 in the ACC and No. 7 in the country and his 30 passing touchdowns led the ACC and rank 9th in among all FBS quarterbacks. Watson accumulated 887 rushing yards (No. 7 in the ACC) and 11 rushing touchdowns (T-4th in ACC). He has surpassed 380 yards of total offense on seven occasions -- including in his last six straight games.
Start Time: 8 p.m.