Heisman finalists: Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins

The 2018 Heisman Trophy finalists were revealed Monday with three players earning invitations to the ceremony Saturday night in New York City.

The finalists are Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Former Heisman winners and hundreds of media members vote for the award by selecting three players on their ballot. A first-place vote is worth three points, a second-place vote is worth two points and a third-place vote is worth one point. Votes were due Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Here is more about each of the finalists:

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tagovailoa can become the third Alabama player in the past 10 seasons to win the award, but the first quarterback. Alabama never had a Heisman winner before Mark Ingram broke the drought in 2009 and Derrick Henry followed suit in 2015. Tagovailoa has been the heavy Heisman favorite for much of the year with his super efficient performances for the country’s most dominant team.

Along the way, Tagovailoa accumulated 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 67.7 percent of his passes and leading the nation in yards per completion (16.9). As Alabama blew out every team on its regular season schedule, Tagovailoa rarely saw a snap past the third quarter.

However, he had his worst outing of the season in the SEC title game win over Georgia. Before leaving with a sprained ankle, Tagovailoa completed just 10-of-25 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. After he left the game, Jalen Hurts — who Tagovailoa replaced in last year’s national title game — entered the game and led the Tide to a come-from-behind victory. Will Saturday’s turn of events end up costing him a Heisman Trophy?

Heisman Trophy winners through history
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Heisman Trophy winners through history

1935: Jay Berwanger, Chicago

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1936: Larry Kelley, Yale

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1937: Clint Frank, Yale

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1938: Davey O'Brien, TCU

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1939: Nile Kinnick, Iowa

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1940: Tom Harmon, Michigan

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1941: Bruce Smith, Minnesota

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1942: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia

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1943: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame

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1944: Les Horvath, Ohio State

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1945: Doc Blanchard, Army

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1946: Glenn Davis, Army

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1947: Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame

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1948: Doak Walker, SMU

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1949: Leon Hart, Notre Dame

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1950: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State

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1951: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton

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1952: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma

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1953: Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame

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1954: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin

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1955: Howard Cassady, Ohio State

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1956: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame

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1957: John David Crow, Texas A&M

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1958: Pete Dawkins, Army

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1959: Billy Cannon, LSU

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1960: Joe Bellino, Navy

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1961: Ernie Davis, Syracuse

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1962: Terry Baker, Oregon State

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1963: Roger Staubach, Navy

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1964: John Huarte, Notre Dame

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1965: Mike Garrett, USC

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1966: Steve Spurrier, Florida

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1967: Gary Beban, UCLA

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1968: OJ Simpson, USC

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1969: Steve Owens, Oklahoma

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1970: Jim Plunkett, Stanford

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1971: Pat Sullivan, Auburn

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1972: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska

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1973: John Cappelletti, Penn State

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1974 and 1975: Archie Griffin, Ohio State

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1976: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh

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1977: Earl Campbell, Texas

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1978: Billy Sims, Oklahoma

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1979: Charles White, USC

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1980: George Rogers, South Carolina

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1981: Marcus Allen, USC

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1982: Herschel Walker, Georgia

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1983: Mike Rozier, Nebraska

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1984: Doug Flutie, Boston College

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1985: Bo Jackson, Auburn

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1986: Vinny Testaverde, Miami

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1987: Tim Brown, Notre Dame

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1988: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State

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1989: Andre Ware, Houston

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1990: Ty Detmer, BYU

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1991: Desmond Howard, Michigan

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1992: Gino Torretta, Miami

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1993: Charlie Ward, Florida State

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1994: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado

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1995: Eddie George, Ohio State

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1996: Danny Wuerffel, Florida

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1997: Charles Woodson, Michigan

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1998: Ricky Williams, Texas

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1999: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin

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2000: Chris Weinke, Florida State

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2001: Eric Crouch, Nebraska

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2002: Carson Palmer, USC

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2003: Jason White, Oklahoma

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2004: Matt Leinart, USC

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2005: Reggie Bush, USC (later vacated)

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2006: Troy Smith, Ohio State

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2007: Tim Tebow, Florida

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2008: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

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2009: Mark Ingram Jr., Alabama

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2010: Cam Newton, Auburn

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2011: Robert Griffin III, Baylor

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2012: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

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2013: Jameis Winston, Florida State

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2014: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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2015: Derrick Henry, Alabama

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2016: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

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Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

After serving as Heisman winner Baker Mayfield’s backup in 2017, Murray, a first-round MLB draft choice, has taken the college football world by storm in what is likely his last season of football before beginning his baseball career. The dual-threat quarterback can make it consecutive Heisman wins for Oklahoma quarterbacks. According to the Heisman website, if Murray wins, it would mark the first time a Heisman’s successor has won the trophy himself.

In leading his team to the College Football Playoff, Murray has put up ridiculous numbers all year, totaling 4,053 passing yards, 892 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns (40 passing, 11 rushing). Along the way, Murray has nine 300-yard passing efforts, 10 games with at least three touchdown passes and is averaging 380.4 yards of offense per game. His pass efficiency rating of 205.7 is the best in the country and better than Mayfield’s record-setting efficiency from last season (198.9).

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins leads the country in passing yards and touchdown passes and could give Ohio State a record eighth Heisman Trophy. The Buckeyes were previously tied with Notre Dame for the top spot with seven Heisman wins apiece.

Haskins shook off a few mediocre games in early November with three sparking performances down the stretch. Over OSU’s final three games — wins over Maryland, Michigan and Northwestern — Haskins combined for 1,300 passing yards and 17 total touchdowns (14 passing, three rushing) to help his charge to the Heisman ceremony. That includes 499 yards and five scores in the Big Ten title game victory over Northwestern.

And when OSU struggled running the ball, Haskins carried the offense on a weekly basis with his passing efforts. For the season, Haskins’ passing totals — 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns — are both Big Ten single-season records. He also has nine 300-yard games, including five games of more than 400 passing yards, on the season.

Who got snubbed?

Some notable snubs include West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Memphis running back Darrell Henderson.

Grier had 3,864 yards (No. 5 nationally) and 37 touchdowns (No. 3 nationally) and threw for at least 300 yards in 10 of his team’s 11 games. Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, entered conference championship weekend leading the country with 4,477 passing yards. Taylor and Henderson finished Nos. 1 and 2 in rushing yards with 1,989 yards and 1,909 yards, respectively.

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