Heisman Trophy finalists 2016
Here is a look at the five finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy, given annually to college football's most outstanding player. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, Soph.(Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons)
Lamar Jackson was the favorite all season, but he sputtered to the finish line with back-to-back duds in Louisville's final two games. The sophomore still ended the regular season with an astonishing 4,928 total yards (3,390 passing, 1,538 rushing) and 51 total touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing), but most of those stats came against sub-par teams.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, Jr.(Credit: Getty Images / Brett Deering)
Baker Mayfield has thrown for 3,669 yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions and has rushed for six more scores as the Sooners rebounded from a slow start to the season to get back into the College Football Playoff discussion late. Last week: 3
Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB/ATH, Michigan, Jr.(Credit: Getty Images / Gregory Shamus)
Jabrill Peppers, who played a variety of positions on defense, offense and special teams for Michigan, finished the season with 72 total tackles (16 for loss), four sacks, eight QB hurries, a forced fumble, an interception and 751 all-purpose yards (310 punt return, 210 kick return 167 rushing, 11 interception return, three receiving).
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, Jr.(Credit: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann)
Deshaun Watson is a Heisman finalist for the second straight season after leading Clemson to the College Football Playoff once again. He has thrown for 3,914 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and rushed for 529 yards and six touchdowns.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma, Sr.(Credit: AP / Alonzo Adams)
Dede Westbrook is the first wide receiver to earn a Heisman invite since Amari Cooper did so three years ago in 2013. Westbrook has 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns as Baker Mayfield's primary target in Oklahoma's spread offense.