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Deshaun Watson Named Heisman Finalist

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In 2009 Clemson fans were left to rue a perceived snub of RB C.J. Spiller. This year there will be no snub as Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has been named one of the 3 finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Watson, a true sophomore, is the only QB named with RBs Derrick Henry from Alabama and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey rounding out the field.The winner will be announced this Saturday during the Heisman Trophy ceremony at 8pm EST.

As for Watson's chances of winning, they have to be pretty good. Watson is ranked 3rd in completion percentage and 11th in QB rating. He was 41 combined TDs and has shown an ability to win games with his feet and his arm, making some fantastic decisions in critical games. It also doesn't hurt him that he is the face of an undefeated Clemson team that is ranked #1 in the country. As much as this award is about the individual, playing on a great team helps.

Henry and McCaffrey have both put up phenominal numbers, but it is a result of a large number of carries. Both players are not even in the top 50 for yards per rushing attempt, but are first and second for number of rushing attempts on the season. To me that seems like both players are more of system RBs than anything else. They are both supremely talented, but without the team surrounding them they may not be as effective.

Deshaun Watson (QB - Clemson)
3,512 Passing Yards
30 Passing Touchdowns
11 Interceptions
69.5% Completion Percentage
887 Rushing Yards
11 Rushing Touchdowns
5.4 YPC

Christian McCaffrey (RB - Stanford)
1,847 Rushing Yards
8 Rushing Touchdowns
5.8 YPC
41 Receptions
540 Yards
4 Receiving Touchdowns
1042 Kickoff Return Yards
29 Yards per Return
1 Kickoff Return TD

Derrick Henry (RB - Alabama)
1,986 Rushing Yards
23 Rushing Touchdowns
5.9 YPC
10 Receptions
97 Yards
0 Receiving TDs