COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State had three very-much worthy and talked about players in the running to be named Heisman Trophy finalists this year. Two of them now are, as New York’s Downtown Athletic Club announced this evening that the four finalists for this year’s trophy include Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields and junior defensive end Chase Young. The other finalists are Ohio State graduate Joe Burrow, the record-setting quarterback as a graduate transfer at LSU, and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Ohio State is only the fifth school to have multiple Heisman Trophy finalists in the same year since the award first started inviting finalists to New York in 1982. The schools with multiple finalists in one year are:
Young is just the ninth defensive player – out of 159 total finalists since 1982 – to be named a Heisman Trophy finalist. The others: Michigan’s Jabril Peppers (2016), Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o (2012), LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (2011), Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh (2009), Michigan’s Charles Woodson (1997), Miami’s Warren Sapp (1994), Washington’s Steve Emtman (1991) and Oklahoma’s Brian Bosworth (1986).
Young, from Upper Marlboro, Md., has already been named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award winner as the Big Ten’s best player, and the Big Ten’s defensive player and defensive end of the year.
Fields, who transferred to Ohio State this season, is the Big Ten’s offensive player and quarterback of the year. From Kennesaw, Ga., he has accounted for 50 total touchdowns this season and is within four of Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record of 54 total touchdowns set last year. Fields also has a ridiculous 40:1 touchdown pass to interception ratio.
RB J.K. Dobbins misses out on a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist, but he certainly gave it a run. The Doak Walker Award finalist is merely putting together one of the greatest rushing seasons in school history with 1,829 yards rushing which leaves him just 98 yards from Eddie George’s school record of 1,927 yards in a season. He has scored 20 touchdowns.