LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. were announced Monday as the four finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy.
The winner will be revealed this Saturday at the annual ceremony in New York.
Daniels, in his second season guiding the LSU offense after three years at Arizona State, racked up 3,812 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 12 games while rushing for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had an eight-touchdown game (six passing, two rushing) against Georgia State on Nov. 18.
Harrison, the son of Indianapolis Colts legend Marvin Harrison, racked up 67 catches for 1,211 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. He added one rushing touchdown.
Harrison is the first wide receiver from Ohio State to be a Heisman finalist and just the second wide receiver to be a finalist in the past seven years. The other was Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, who won the trophy in 2020.
Nix transferred to Oregon in 2022 after three seasons at Auburn. In 13 games he threw for 4,145 yards, 40 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He added 228 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, one year after running for 14 touchdowns.
Penix threw for 4,218 yards, 33 touchdowns and nine picks in leading Washington to a 13-0 record and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Huskies beat Nix and Oregon twice head-to-head, including in the Pac-12 championship game last Friday.
Penix is the only finalist whose team reached the CFP. He played parts of four seasons at Indiana before his move to Seattle.
Among the players who missed the cut were Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams, last year’s Heisman winner, and Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, who had 20 passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores before going down for the season with a leg injury Nov. 18.
–Field Level Media