In recent years, the college football regular season has ended with a pretty clear front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. That is not the case in 2020, with at least four finalists likely to be announced this week.
The final USA TODAY Sports Network survey has two teammates in a dead heat, with a couple of other contenders who could end up topping the full vote. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and his top target DeVonta Smith each received 43 points in our survey of 21 official Heisman electors who work for USA TODAY Network properties. Jones received nine first-place votes to Smith’s eight, but both made strong closing statements in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones celebrate a touchdown pass against Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Photo: Gary Cosby Jr, The Tuscaloosa News)
Another likely finalist is Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who moved into third place in the survey after leading his Tigers to a big win against Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Florida QB Kyle Trask is also in the mix, though his huge game with 408 yards and three touchdowns passing wasn’t quite enough against Alabama.
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A third member of the Crimson Tide offense, running back Najee Harris, also got votes from the panel along with Brigham Young's Zach Wilson and Iowa State's Breece Hall.
Official Heisman ballots were due Monday. The winner will be announced in a virtual ceremony Jan. 5
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