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Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman

2016 Player Awards

CFP Staff and Heisman.com/Chris Huston
December 10, 2016 (Updated February 12, 2017)

(CFP) - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville was selected on Saturday (December 10) as the 82nd winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, an award presented annually by the Heisman Trophy Trust to the most outstanding player in college football.

The sophomore quarterback was announced as the 2016 winner of the prestigious honor at the end of ESPN's live broadcast of the Heisman ceremony from Manhattan's PlayStation Theater.

"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," said Jackson upon winning the award. "I'm happy right now. I don't even know what to say."

At age 19 years, 337 days, Jackson is the youngest player to win the Heisman and the first from Louisville.

The 6-3, 218-pounder from Pompano Beach, Fla., produced an eye-popping 4,928 yards of total offense (second-best in Heisman history to Ty Detmer's 5,022) and 51 touchdowns for the Cardinals, who finished the regular season at 9-3 with a berth in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Jackson is the first player to win the Heisman with at least 30 touchdowns passing and at least 21 touchdowns rushing. For the year, he passed for 3,390 yards and 30 scores and tallied 1,538 yards (a record for a Heisman-winning quarterback) and 21 touchdowns on the ground, becoming the first player in FBS history to gain 3,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing in the same season.

Ballots were emailed to 870 media personnel across the nation plus 58 Heisman winners and one fan ballot, for a total of 929 electors. The ballots were received and tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Jackson polled 2,144 points to capture the award over Deshaun Watson of Clemson (1,524 points), and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma (361 points). The point total is reached by a system of three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.

Jackson will be officially inducted into the Heisman family at the 82nd annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Monday evening, December 12, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Michigan redshirt sophomore Jabrill Peppers, who this year became the first person to earn Big Ten defensive player of the year, linebacker of the year and return specialist of the year, was named winner of the seventh annual Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player.

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the best defensive player in college football, as chosen by the Football Writers Association of America. He also became the first Alabama player to win the Bednarik Award for top defensive player. In February, he took home more hardware when he captured the Vince Lombardi Award for best player performance and character.

The Butkus Award went to another Alabama player, Reuben Foster. And offenive lineman Cam Rombinson ganrered the Outland Trophy.

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award for top senior (or 4th-year junior) college QB, and the Davey O'Brien Award for top quarterback for the second consecutive year.

QB Lamar Jackson of Louisville captured the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards as top player, and was also named Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP).

Mitch Wishnowsky won the Ray Guy Award, giving Utah a 3-peat for that trophy after Tom Hackett won each of the previous two years.

Mike MacIntyre (Colorado) swept the Home Depot, Eddie Robinson and AP Coach of the Year honors.

Here are details on each of the 5 Heisman finalists:

Lamar Jackson, QB, sophomore, Louisville - The 6-3, 218-pound Jackson is the school's first Heisman finalist. He guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record while accumulating 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total touchdowns. He threw for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air and racked up 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground to become just the third player to pass for 30 TDs and rush for 20 TDs in the same season. He is also the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year.

Baker Mayfield, QB, r-junior, Oklahoma - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Dede Westbrook as the school's first since Sam Bradford won the trophy in 2008. Mayfield led the nation in passing efficiency this season with a mark of 197.75, which currently stands above the FBS mark of 191.8 set by Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in 2011. The 6-1, 212-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 3,669 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading the Sooners to a 10-2 record and the Big 12 title. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

Jabrill Peppers, LB, junior, Michigan - Michigan's fifth Heisman finalist and first since Chris Perry in 2003. He is the first defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012. The versatile 6-1, 205-pound true junior from East Orange, NJ, was all over the field for the Wolverines this season, totaling 71 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, one interception, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (with three scores), 310 yards punt return yards (with a touchdown) and 260 yards on kickoff returns. He helped lead Michigan to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl.

Deshaun Watson, QB, r-junior, Clemson - Returns for a second-straight year to the Heisman ceremony after finishing third in the voting in 2015. The true junior from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns while also rushing for 529 yards and 6 scores. His 4,443 yards of total offense was eighth-best nationally while his combined 43 touchdowns running and passing was tied for fourth-best among Power 5 conference players. The 6-2, 210-pounder led Clemson to its second-straight ACC title as well as its second-consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff.

Dede Westbrook, WR, senior, Oklahoma - The 6-0, 176-pounder from Cameron, Texas, caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards and a school-record 16 touchdown receptions as Oklahoma finished 10-2 and won the Big 12 title. He was second among all Power 5 players in receiving yardage and third in receiving yardage per game while averaging a stellar 19.81 yards per catch. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook is the first receiver to be named a Heisman finalist since Amari Cooper in 2014.

Here are the TOP 10 VOTE RECIPIENTS:

PLAYER SCHOOL POS.
YEAR
1st
2nd
3rd
TOTAL
Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
SO
525
251
64
2,144
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB
JR
269
302
113
1,524
Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
JR
26
72
139
361
Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR
SR
7
49
90
209
Jibrill Peppers Michigan LB
JR
11
45
85
208
Jake Browning Washington QB
SO
3
41
91
182
Jonathan Allen Alabama DL
SR
17
21
39
132
D'Onta Foreman Texas RB
JR
6
21
71
131
Christian McCaffrey Stanford RB
JR
10
17
39
103
Dalvin Cook Florida State RB
JR
3
15
28
67
Donnel Pumphrey San Diego St. RB
SR
4
12
31
67

For more details on the 2016 Heisman Trophy vote, visitHeismanCentral.com.

2016 AWARD WINNERS:

CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a:
- member of the Football Writers Association of America
- member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall Of Fame
- member of the Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association (IFRA)
- voting member for the College Football Hall Of Fame
- voting member for the Vince Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
- voting member for the Ray Guy Award
- voting member for the Fred Biletnikoff AWard
- nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- nominating member for the Outland Trophy
- nominating member for the FWAA All-America Team

AP Coach Of the Year: Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

AP Player Of the Year: Lamar Jackson, QB, Sophomore, Louisville

Eddie Robinson Coach Of the Year: Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
See:
All-Time Eddie Robinson Award Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan

Frank Broyles Award (Assistant Coach): Brent Venables, Clemson
See: All-Time Frank Broyles Award Winners

Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Jonathan Allen, DE, Senior, Alabama
See: All-Time Chuck Bednarik Award Winners

Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver): Dede Westbrook, WR, Senior, Oklahoma
See: All-Time Fred Biletnikoff Award Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for "Zay" Jones, WR, Senior, East Carolina.

Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Reuben Foster, LB, Senior, Alabama
See: All-Time Butkus Award Winners

Walter Camp Award (top player): Lamar Jackson, QB, Sophomore, Louisville
See: All-Time Walter Camp POY Winners

Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Zane Gonzalez, PK, Senior, Arizona State
See: All-Time Lou Groza Award Winners

Ray Guy Award (punter): Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Sophomore, Utah
See: All-Time Ray Guy Award Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for Cameron Johnston, P, Senior, Ohio State.

Paul Hornung Award (Versatile Player): Jabrill Peppers, LB/ST, r-sophomore, Michigan
See: All-Time Paul Hornung Award Winners

Vince Lombardi Award (best player - performance and character): Jonathan ALlen, DE, Senior, Alabama
See: All-Time Vince Lombardi Award Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama. The finalists are Allen, Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M), Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville) and Jabrill Peppers (LB, Michigan).

John Mackey Award (tight end): Jake Butt, TE, Senior, Michigan
See: All-Time John Mackey Award Winners

Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Lamar Jackson, QB, Sophomore Louisville
See: All-Time Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award Winners

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Jonathan Allen, DE, Senior, Alabama
See: All-Time Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove nominated Ejuan Price, DL, Senior, Pittsburgh

Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Deshaun Watson, QB, r-Junior, Clemson
See: All-Time Davey O'Brien Award Winners

Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Cam Robinson, OL, Junior, Alabama
See: All-Time Outland Trophy Winners
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove nominated Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Junior, Utah

Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Pat Elflein, C, Senior, Ohio State
See: All-Time Dave Rimington Award Winners

Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Adoree' Jackson, DB, Junior, USC
See: All-Time Jim Thorpe Award Winners

Johnny Unitas Award (senior, or 4th-year junior, quarterback): Deshaun Watson, QB, r-Junior, Clemson
See: All-Time Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winners

Doak Walker Award (running back): D'Onta Foreman, RB, Junior, Texas
See: All-Time Doak Walker Award Winners

 


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