Heisman Race 2020: List of Finalists for Coveted Trophy Announced

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIDecember 25, 2020

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones headlines the list of four players announced as finalists for the prestigious Heisman Trophy for 2020.

Jones is one of two Crimson Tide finalists, with wide receiver DeVonta Smith also representing Alabama. The program is the second ever (Army, 1946) to have three players rank in the top five of the vote, as running back Najee Harris placed fifth. 

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence were also selected as finalists for college football's top honor.

Jones led an undefeated Alabama team to a College Football Playoff appearance after it missed out last season.

The 22-year-old, who would be the first Alabama signal-caller to win the award, has 3,739 yards on 250-of-327 passing (an FBS-best 76.5 completion percentage), with 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions through 11 games.

Smith was on the receiving end of many of those passes, with an FBS-leading 98 receptions for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns (ranking second).

The 22-year-old would be the first receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard (Michigan) in 1991, and the first receiver to finish as a finalist since Alabama star Amari Cooper in 2014. 

The yardage and touchdowns totals from Jones trail just one player in college football: Trask.

He led the Gators to an 8-3 season in his second year as a starter, clearing the 4,000-yard mark (4,125) on 69.7 percent passing (285-of-409) with 43 scoring passes (at least three in all but one outing) and five picks. 

The last Florida player to win the Heisman Trophy was quarterback Tim Tebow in 2007. 

Lawrence, who is considered to be the consensus top pick in the 2021 NFL draft, was sidelined for two games after a COVID-19 diagnosis, so he wasn't able to pad his statistics as heavily as his competitors. But he still won all nine games he played in (pushing his career record to 34-1) with 2,753 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions while adding seven rushing scores.

He would be the first Clemson player to win the award. 

The Heisman finalists are determined through media voting, and while there are always at least three players invited to the award ceremony in New York, there may be more depending on how close the vote is, according to the Heisman Trophy Trust

There were four finalists last year: Ohio State's Justin Fields and Chase Young, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and eventual winner Joe Burrow of LSU.

Fields was considered a heavy contender to win the 2020 award after missing out last season, but the Buckeyes played just five games during the regular season, and the junior threw three interceptions in a one-touchdown victory over Indiana, the only ranked team they faced before the Big Ten Championship Game. 

He ranked seventh in this year's voting, after Harris and Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State). 

Zach Wilson (BYU, QB), Ian Book (Notre Dame, QB) and Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida) rounded out the top 10. 

The winner will be announced Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in a ceremony that will air on ESPN.