Heisman Trophy 2020: Finalists, start time and how to watch college football’s top award
The 86th Heisman Trophy presentation will be held Tuesday night, but with a significantly different look.
Instead of the finalists meeting in New York City alongside past winners, the event will be held remotely. The finalists — Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask — will join from their home or school.
The trophy is typically awarded the weekend after conference championship weekend in December, but the pandemic caused a change in schedule and the winner will be announced less than a week before the College Football Playoff championship game.
The last four winners have been quarterbacks, with LSU's Joe Burrow winning the prize in 2019.
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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. (Photo: The Associated Press)
Here's everything you need to know.
Mac Jones, quarterback, Alabama
The junior from Jacksonville threw for 4,036 and 36 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He was massively efficient, leading the nation with a 77% completion rate. In the College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame, Jones complete 25-of-30 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns.
Trevor Lawrence, quarterback, Clemson
The favorite entering the season and the sure-fire top pick in the NFL draft, Lawrence had a lot to live up to in his junior year. As with most things in 2020, COVID-19 had other ideas. Lawrence missed Clemson's early-season matchup with Notre Dame, but he still put together solid numbers and is certainly deserving of a spot among the four best players in college football.
DeVonta Smith, wide receiver, Alabama
Not since 1991 and Desmond Howard has a wide receiver won the Heisman Trophy, but Smith seems poised to join that elite group. Smith, the top target of fellow finalists Mac Jones, leads the nation in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions. Twice Smith eclipsed 200 yards receiving in a game, and he was completely unstoppable both in the SEC Championship vs. Florida (15 catches, 184 yards, two touchdowns) and the CFP semifinal against Notre Dame (seven catches, 130 yards, three touchdowns).
Kyle Trask, quarterback, Florida
A one-time backup to Feleipe Franks, Trask burst onto the scene in 2019 and followed that up with a record-breaking 2020 campaign. Trask easily led the nation in both yards (4,238) and touchdowns (43). He saved his biggest game the SEC Championship against Alabama, keeping the Gators in the game with 408 yards and three scores.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. (Photo: The Associated Press)
What time is the 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation?
Coverage for the 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation begins at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 5.
What channel is the 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation on?
The 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation will air on ESPN.
How can I watch the 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation via online stream?
The 2020 Heisman Trophy presentation can be streamed on the ESPN app or via fuboTV.
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