The finalists have been announced as five players will be headed to New York City for the 2016 Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Lamar Jackson has been the Heisman frontrunner from the first game of the season and is looking to bring back Louisville's first Heisman. However, the Cardinals' late season struggles may have opened the door a bit for other players to close the gap on Jackson. Now, he will be heading to New York with four others hoping to take home college football's most prestigious individual award.
The five finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy ...
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson led the Cardinals to a 9-3 record and racked up 3,390 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 57.6 percent of his passes and also ran for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Mayfield had another extremely effective and efficient season passing the ball in Norman, completing 71.2 percent of his passes (No. 1 nationally) and leading the nation in passing yards per attempt at 11.1. He finished the season with 3,669 yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan: Peppers had 751 all-purpose yards this season and scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one returning punts), while being a force on the Michigan defense with 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one interception as a linebacker and defensive back. He also played special teams, of course.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Watson led the Tigers to a 12-1 record, second straight ACC title and another College Football Playoff appearance. On the season, Watson completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,914 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and rushed for an additional 529 yards and six touchdowns.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma: Westbrook was the Sooners' most explosive playmaker this season, averaging 19.8 yards per reception. For the year, he hauled in 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns. He finished the season fourth in the nation in receiving touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards.