The college football world has had its championship weekend and now it is time for the awards to begin coming out. The biggest award of them all is the Heisman Trophy and on Monday, the finalists were announced. Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are the three players that will be in New York on Saturday night waiting to see which one will take home the award.
Henry rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns this season for the Crimson Tide in leading them to the college football playoff semifinals. Henry has been a leader for Alabama all season long and carried the ball 90 times for 460 yards over the last two weeks as the Tide defeated Auburn and then Florida in the SEC title game. Henry has broken many Alabama and Southeastern Conference records along the way and will go over the 2,000-yard mark on the ground during Alabama’s next game at the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State on New Year’s Eve.
Watson has been a dual threat for the Tigers all season long and over the last few weeks has taken his game to a whole different level. Watson has passed for 3,512 passing and 30 touchdowns this season and rushed for over 100 yards in four of Clemson’s last five games including a season-high 131 yards in the ACC title game against North Carolina. Watson and the Tigers have moved into the college football playoff themselves with a date against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
McCaffrey has been hard to stop with the Cardinal all year and rushed for 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 41 catches for 540 yards and four more scores along the way. McCaffrey has also broke records because of his kick return game as well which makes him the most dynamic choice on the board this season. While Stanford didn’t make the college football playoff, the Cardinal and McCaffrey will get to play in Pasadena on New Year’s Day with a Rose Bowl date against Iowa.
These three are easily the best three players this season around college football. Henry is likely going to end up winning due to the fact that he has been dominant fro start to finish all season as opposed to the big rush that Watson has made this season and that McCaffrey’s team didn’t make the playoff. The winner will be announced on ESPN Saturday night just before 9 p.m. Eastern time.