The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced earlier this week, and there’s a lot of Scarlet and Gray on the finalists’ uniforms.
Justin Fields and Chase Young were both named finalists along with Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and LSU’s Joe Burrow.
Fields finished the regular season with 40 passing touchdowns and only one interception, 10 rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 2,953 yards and rushed for 471 while leading the Buckeyes to a No. 2 ranking in this year’s College Football Playoff.
Chase Young was perhaps the most disruptive defensive force in the NCAA this year and tallied 16.5 sacks (an Ohio State record), 44 tackles and six forced fumbles. Oh, and he did that while missing two games while serving a suspension. And I’m not one to assume anything, but c’mon. Chase Young probably would’ve had 20 sacks or more if he got to play against Rutgers and Maryland.
Joe Burrow is probably the favorite to win the award, and it’s not wrong to say he’s at least an honorary Buckeye. After graduating from Ohio State, he transferred as a graduate to LSU and his stardom really took hold. He threw for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns to just six interceptions and rushed for three more touchdowns.
History certainly seems to be on the side of Burrow, Hurts and Fields, as a quarterback has won the Heisman trophy each of the last three years and 16 of the last 20 years. The last defensive player to win the Heisman trophy was Charles Woodson in 1997, so Chase Young winning the award would be quite the feat, and should speak to just how great Young has been this season.
The Heisman ceremony will take place on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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