Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is Heisman finalist

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is Heisman finalist”

Tagovailoa is Alabama's eighth Heisman finalist, joining David Palmer (1993), Jay Barker (1994), Mark Ingram (2009), Trent Richardson (2011), AJ McCarron (2013), Amari Cooper (2014) and Derrick Henry (2015). But Saturday night's result is far more in doubt than it was believed to be a few weeks ago.

The finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy Award were announced Monday, with three players getting an invitation to New York City. After Tagovailoa was believed to be the heavy favorite, as the best player on the best team, Murray is now considered by some as a small favorite after leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. The junior Texas A&M transfer also held the advantage in The Athletic's poll.

Haskins will likely finish third in the Heisman voting behind either Murray or Tagovailoa.

Murray has completed 70.9 percent of his passes and tallied 51 total touchdowns for the Sooners in 2018. Tagovailoa, who threw 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions, didn't finish almost as strong, throwing two interceptions in Saturday's SEC Championship game victory over Georgia and suffering a high right ankle sprain. He is expected to be ready for the playoff semifinal on December 29.

Ohio State, Southern California and Notre Dame have won the most Heisman's with seven.

Tagovailoa seemed like he would be a runaway Heisman victor heading into the final month of the season, but Murray closed the gap by continually bailing out Oklahoma's faulty defense. But, he struggled in the Crimson Tide's SEC championship matchup with Georgia, throwing for 164 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions before going down with an ankle injury.

Murray and Haskins, meanwhile, both had huge games on championship Saturday, adding some suspense to the race, but also separating themselves from the rest of the contenders.

Baker Mayfield's Heisman vote is being cast for his former Oklahoma backup, Kyler Murray.

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