Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask

Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith, along with Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Kyle Trask of Florida, were named finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Heisman will be awarded on January 5 during a virtual ceremony. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the usual trip to New York for the delivery of the trophy that comes with being a finalist.


Jones and Smith are the eighth set of teammates to be finalists together since the tradition began in 1982. Smith is trying to become the first wide receiver to win Heisman since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.

If it is not Smith, who leads the country in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,511), the winner will be a defender for the 13th time in the last 15 years.

Jones leads the country in efficiency rating (202.34), completion percentage (76.5) and yards per pass (11.4), with 32 touchdown passes.

The best-ranked Crimson Tide will play No. 4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinals on January 1.

Jones or Smith would become the third Heisman winner in Alabama. Running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were the first winners of Tide’s Heisman.

Lawrence was the pre-season favorite to win the prize, but losing two games after signing COVID-19 delayed his campaign. The junior quarterback and the presumed first choice in the next NFL draft did not play against Boston College and Notre Dame.

He played in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship rematch against Fighting Irish last weekend and led the Tigers to a resounding victory. In the season, Lawrence shot for 2,753 yards and 22 touchdowns in nine games, helping Clemson make it to the playoff for the third time in his career.


No. 2 Clemson plays No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl semifinals on January 1. Lawrence would be the first winner of the Tigers’ Heisman.

Trask leads the country with 43 touchdown passes and 4,125 yards. The veteran is trying to join Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow as Heisman-winner Florida quarterback.

The rest of the top 10 was revealed in order, starting with Alabama running back Najee Harris. Crimson Tide is the second team to have three players in the top five in the Heisman vote.

In 1946, Army running back Glenn Davis won Heisman, fellow running back Doc Blanchard finished fourth and quarterback Arnold Tucker was fifth.

Iowa State running back Breece Hall was sixth this year, followed by Ohio State defender Justin Fields, BYU defender Zach Wilson, Notre Dame defender Ian Book and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

Pitts is the first tight end to finish in the top 10 in the Heisman vote since Notre Dame’s Ken MacAfee was third in 1977.