Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Jackson, Mayfield, Love named Heisman Trophy finalists

Jackson, Mayfield, Love named Heisman Trophy finalists

Huge things were expected from Penn State's Saquon Barkley entering the 2017 season.

Jackson is the fifth player to win the award and return as a finalist the following year, joining Oklahoma's Jason White (2003-04), Southern Cal's Matt Leinart (2004-05), Florida's Tim Tebow (2008-09), and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2013-14). However, like I stated previously I do not need a trophy or to be named a finalist to define me as a player.

Barkley was all but a lock to get an invite to New York City, however, struggles in a few games near the end of the season hurt his chances.

Whether Jackson wins or not, he will still be profoundly remembered as one of the best players to ever step onto a college football field, and that is truly saying something.

Jackson will look to defend his title against Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love. His greatness was taken for granted this season, as the 2016 Mr. Heisman never found traction as the Cardinals failed to post a signature victory.

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The Heisman finalists will be announced Monday night. Barkley is an electric player who is a threat to make a big play each time he touches the ball.

But Barkley's numbers tailed off in the second half. Mayfield leads the nation in efficiency rating at 203.76 and has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns. As for Penny, the San Diego State senior rushed for 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns while also tallying three touchdowns (two kickoff returns, one punt return) on special teams.

With 372 total yards and two touchdowns last week at Kentucky, Jackson broke his own Louisville record with his 12th game this season with 300 yards of total offense. Prior to that he opened up the IN game with a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will have a chance to become the first repeat Heisman Trophy victor since 1975. He left after his junior season for the NFL. Jackson and Lousiville face Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

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