Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson have been named the finalists for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
All three players led their teams to conference championships, and both Henry and Watson will be playing in the college-football playoff. They are in opposite semifinals – Henry’s Crimson Tide playing Michigan State and Watson’s Tigers facing Oklahoma – so could meet in the championship game.
McCaffrey and the Cardinal will be playing Iowa in the Rose Bowl. He didn’t get as many television viewers, playing on the West Coast, but he ended any doubts with his performance against Southern California in the PAC-12 championship game. He rushed for 207 yards, had 105 yards receiving, 120 yards on kickoff returns, 29 on punt returns and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass. He also broke Barry Sanders’ 27-year-old record for all-purpose yards in a season.
Henry led the FBS in rushing with 1,986 yards – McCaffrey was second at 1,847 – and 23 touchdowns as Alabama earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Watson also put up massive numbers for top-seeded Clemson – throwing for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 887 yards and another 11 scores.