Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson and Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson headline a group of five Heisman Trophy finalists announced Monday evening. The official Louisville football recruiting account shared its fan vote submission on Twitter, only to quickly take the Tweet down after realizing that a vote for Peppers, not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, had been submitted.
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Fans can vote for their Heisman favorite on Nissan's Heisman House website, where the victor of the fan vote will receive one first-place vote.
To put Jackson's season in perspective, in 2007, Heisman victor Tim Tebow finished the regular season with 3,286 passing yards, 895 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns. Potential championship teams can overcome a loss in September, but a defeat in November can be deadly. Jackson had 295 yards passing, 162 rushing and accounted for three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 17 times for 85 yards and two scores.
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Two wild card spots will be heavily fought for, plus every team in every conference will now have drive to win its championship. The third-year head coach has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year from the Associated Press and the conference's media.
Against Kentucky, Jackson passed for 281 yards and rushed for 171, accounting for four touchdowns, a statistical performance that resembled many of his early season efforts.
There doesn't appear to be much drama surrounding who will win the award, but there is some intrigue in Jackson's margin of victory. He ranked No. 3 in ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating (86.6) this season, which values the quarterback on all play types on a zero-to-100 scale adjusted for the strength of opposing defenses faced, and had his second-highest QBR game against Florida State (98.1), who was ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll at the time. Watson averages 341.8 yards per game and has 43 touchdowns (six rushing and 37 passing) with 15 turnovers (all interceptions) in 13 games.
Mayfield and Westbrook have been a dynamic combination, and late in the season No. 7 Oklahoma started a dual campaign to promote both for the Heisman.
Westbrook, Mayfield's top target, totaled 74 receptions for 1,465 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. Peppers earned first-team all-conference honors at linebacker and as a return specialist.