NEW YORK – Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were announced as the finalists for the 2018 Heisman Trophy on Monday.
Here's a look at the top contenders for the Heisman, given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 13-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. He threw for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for four additional scores despite only playing into the fourth quarter a handful of times.
Heisman moment: Tagovailoa had a big prime time performance against then-No. 4 LSU on Nov. 3, throwing for 295 yards and two touchdowns and also scoring on a 44-yard run.
Murray was second in the nation with 40 touchdown passes and third with 4,053 passing yards. The Oakland A's first-round draft pick also rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. The former Texas A&M Aggie led the Sooners to a 12-1 record, winning the Big 12 championship and the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Heisman moment: Murray went 25-for-34 passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma beat Texas in the Big 12 title game, avenging the Sooners' only regular-season loss and earning a CFP spot.
Haskins led the nation in both passing yards (4,580) and touchdowns (47) for Ohio State, which went 12-1 but just missed the College Football Playoff. Haskins set Big Ten single-season records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, total yards (4,702) and total touchdowns (48).
Heisman moment: Haskins has two, both coming at the end of the season. He threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns in the Buckeyes' record-setting Nov. 24 win over a Michigan team that was No. 4 in the CFP rankings. A week later, he went 34-for-41 passing with 499 yards and five touchdowns in the Big Ten championship game against Northwestern.