Just getting through the 2020 season was an impressive feat for college football players facing outbreaks of COVID-19 in their programs and the scheduling chaos that dismembered weekly routines.
Several athletes stood out above the rest for their performance on the field. Four finalists for the Heisman Trophy were announced Thursday night, and six other vote winners were also recognized and listed in order of completion. The finalists are DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, and Kyle Trask.
The Heisman winner will be declared on January 5 in a virtual ceremony. The votes have already been sent, so the performance of the bowl will not influence the decision.
Smith, Alabama’s top-ranked catcher, is the favorite for the award, having racked up 1,511 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns this year.
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Here’s a look at the Heisman Trophy historical winners, finalists and odds:
2020 Heisman Trophy odds
Below are the updated 2020 Heisman Prize odds.
|DeVonta Smith (Or, Alabama)||-180|
|Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)||+155|
|Trevor Lawrence (quarterback, Clemson)||+1600|
|Kyle Trask (QB, Florida)||+2700|
Who are the Heisman finalists?
The Heisman finalists were announced on December 28. Alabama’s offensive duo Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith made the cut, while Tide’s running back Name Harris fell short of a finalist position with a fifth-place vote. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask were also named finalists, joining Jones and Smith.
Heisman 2020 Voting Order
The order of the vote winners out of Heisman’s top four finalists was revealed Thursday night.
|10||Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)|
|9||Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame)|
|8||Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)|
|7||Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)|
|6||Greece Hall (RB, Iowa State)|
|5||Name Harris (RB, Alabama)|
When is the Heisman Trophy awarded?
The 2020 Heisman Trophy will be awarded on January 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The award is voted on by members of the college football media across the country. It is the most prestigious individual honor in college football and probably the most coveted in all amateur sports.
Historic Heisman Trophy winners
The Heisman Trophy has spread across the country over the past decade, with members from five different conferences claiming the honor. The center of the college football media world can sometimes look like the SEC, but three of the last four winners voted for by the press come from outside that conference.
This year, fans got to see the first wide receiver chosen since 1991.
These are the last 10 Heisman Trophy winners:
|Year||Player||Total votes||Margin of victory|
|2019||Joe Burrow, QB, LSU||2,608||1,846|
|2018||Kyle Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma||2,167||296|
|2017||Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma||2,398||1,098|
|2016||Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville||2,144||620|
|2015||Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama||1,832||293|
|2014||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon||2,534||1,284|
|2013||James Winston, QB, State of Florida||2,205||1,501|
|2012||Johnny Daniel, QB, Texas Am||2,029||323|
|2011||Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor||1,687||280|
|2010||Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn||2,263||1,184|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.