Jackson Wins Heisman, Earns 2 POY Awards; Watson Repeats as O'Brien Winner

December 10, 2016 by CFP Staff and Heisman.com/Chris Huston

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 offensive lineman Cam Rombinson garnered 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.

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.

Heisman Voting Results

Player School Pos Year 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB
Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR
Jibrill Peppers Michigan LB
Jake Browning Washington QB
Jonathan Allen Alabama DL
D'Onta Foreman Texas RB
Christian McCaffrey Stanford RB
Dalvin Cook Florida State RB
Donnel Pumphrey San Diego St. RB

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

2016 Award Winners

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
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan

Frank Broyles Award (Assistant Coach): Brent Venables, Clemson

Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Jonathan Allen, DE, Senior, Alabama

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

Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Reuben Foster, LB, Senior, Alabama

Walter Camp Award (top player): Lamar Jackson, QB, Sophomore, Louisville

Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Zane Gonzalez, PK, Senior, Arizona State

Ray Guy Award (punter): Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Sophomore, Utah
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

Vince Lombardi Award (best player - performance and character): Jonathan ALlen, DE, Senior, Alabama
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove voted for Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama.

John Mackey Award (tight end): Jake Butt, TE, Senior, Michigan

Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Lamar Jackson, QB, Sophomore Louisville

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

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

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

Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Pat Elflein, C, Senior, Ohio State

Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Adoree' Jackson, DB, Junior, USC

Johnny Unitas Award (senior, or 4th-year junior, quarterback): Deshaun Watson, QB, r-Junior, Clemson

Doak Walker Award (running back): D'Onta Foreman, RB, Junior, Texas