Lamar Jackson named Heisman Trophy finalist

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There won't be much suspense Saturday night in New York City when the Heisman Trophy is officially presented.

Making the trip to NY will be Oklahoma Sooners redshirt quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford Cardinal junior running back Bryce Love and Louisville Cardinals junior quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Penn State has not had a Heisman finalist in 15 years (Larry Johnson, 2002) and has not had a Heisman victor in 44 (John Cappelletti, 1973).

Mayfield led the Sooners to a College Football Playoff berth with 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Running backs Saquon Barkley of Penn State, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State and Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, all considered Heisman candidates, were not finalists for college football's most prestigious award.

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They will then travel to Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 to take on Panama, with their final group fixture against Belgium on June 28 in Kaliningrad.

Here are the 2017 Heisman finalists, with the victor set to be announced December 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Sam Darnold had a slow start to the season, but came on strong in the second half of the year as USC won its first conference championship since the Pac-10 days. While his rushing numbers began to dip against defenses looking to stop the run, he still maintained a lead thanks to his versatility, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns while being a major threat as a receiver.

Mayfield was a finalist for the award a year ago, which was won by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. He also rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 TDs.

The Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs don't face off in the 2018 Rose Bowl for another four weeks, but Georgia fans are already going at controversial Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield pretty hard.

Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and vies to be the second two-time victor.

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