FROM LEFT: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins AP Photo / Butch…
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1; Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are the finalists of the Heisman Trophy, which means that a quarterback will win the prize for the 16th time under the last 19 years.
The finalists were announced Monday, hours after the time limit for 928 voters, including former winners, to submit their polls.
Tagovailoa has been favorite for most of the season, but Murray and Haskins became strong. Unlike most seasons, there should be a real drama on Saturday night when Heisman is awarded in New York.
Tagovailoa and Murray will also meet in College Football Playoff when No. 1 Alabama meets No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl semifinal on December 29th.
Finalists are determined by received voice margin, starting from third and fourth place. At least three and as many as five finalists are invited to the presentation ceremony.
Last time, three quarterbacks were the only finalists in 2008 when Sam Bradford in Oklahoma won over Colt McCoy in Texas and Tim Tebow in Florida.  Tagovailoa’s Heisman campaign started last game last season when he came from the bench as a beginner to lead Alabama to a recurring victory in the national championship against Georgia. His first season starts has been as good as advertised, with 3 353 meter pass, 37 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Tagovailoa would be the third Alabama player who won Heisman since 2009, but the first quarterback joined back in Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.
Murray replaced last year’s Heisman winner, Baker Mayfield, for Sooners and has been as good. The junior, who has already written a $ 4.7 million deal to play baseball with Oakland Athletics next year, has gone for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Oklahoma would be the fourth school, joining Yale, Army and Southern California, to have Heisman winners in consecutive seasons, but the first one who has quarterbacks wins it in back-to-back years.
Haskins, a third year’s sophomore, crushed many big ten pass records this season, throwing 4,580 meters and 47 touchdowns to lead the country in both categories. Haskins are the first Buckey’s finalists since Troy Smith won Heisman 2006.
Ohio State, Southern California and Notre Dame have won the most Heisman with seven. Oklahoma has six.
Heismanen has been dominated by quarterbacks in the last two decades. The last two winners have been QB, and since the USC’s Reggie Bush won Heisman in 2005, 10 quarterbacks have won it.
Tagovailoa seemed like hey Heisman winners on his way to the last month of the season, but Murray closed the gap by constantly outlawing Oklaw’s wrong defense. Tagovailoa still seemed ready to go to New York as favorite until last Saturday when he threw two interceptions and did not finish the southeastern conference championship game against Georgia because of a ruined ankle.
Murray and Haskins had both major games at the Championship Saturday, putting some tension in the race, but also different from the rest of the challengers.
Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier had been in the Heisman mix for much of the season and posted numbers to rival Tagovailoa, Murray and Haskins, but both failed to lead their team to the conference championship.
Wisconsin runs back Jonathan Taylor is leading the country at a speed of 1,989 meters, but Badgers fights for a 7-5 season, he did not do the Heisman clip.