by Eric Fulton
On Monday (Dec 7), three finalists for the 2015 Heisman Trophy were announced for the top individual award in college football. Here are the finalists and my ranking of how the ballots should have been cast.
3. DeShaun Watson (QB-Clemson)
DeShaun Watson is the key figure in Clemson going undefeated and participating in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. He has completed about 70 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,512 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
2. Christian McCaffrey (RB-Stanford)
Christian McCaffrey has been the main offense threat for this year’s Pac-12 Champion Stanford. He had 461 all-purpose yards against USC Saturday night and broke Barry Sanders’ record for most all-purpose yards in a season. It was a record that has stood for nearly three decades. McCaffrey has 3,496 yards with the next closest player being over 1000 yards behind him.
1. Derrick Henry (RB-Alabama)
Derrick Henry was clutch for the Crimson Tide in November and December. He rushed 38 times for 210 yards and three scores against LSU on November 7th and then backed that performance up with outstanding games against in state rival Auburn and Florida. In those games, Henry rushed an average of over five yards a carry totaling 460 yards. He has scored 22 touchdowns this year and just missed becoming the first running back in the history of the Southeastern (SEC) Conference to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. (He finished with 1,986 yards rushing).
A quarterback has won the Heisman Trophy in the last five consecutive years (Cam Newton-2010, Robert Griffin III-2011, Johnny Manziel-2012, Jameis Winston-2013, and Marcus Mariota-2014).
McCaffrey and Henry will be looking to become the first running back to win the Heisman since Mark Ingram of Alabama won it in 2009.
The winner will be announced Saturday night and you can catch it live on ESPN.
Who do you think should win the Heisman?