The four finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy were announced at a ceremony in New York.

­No room for Caleb Williams after a poor season with USC

As the college football season reaches its end, the Heisman Trophy finalists for 2023 have been revealed, marking an exceptional year in college football. This year’s contenders – Jayden Daniels from LSU, Bo Nix of Oregon, Michael Penix Jr. of Washington, and Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. – stand out not only for their exceptional statistics but also for their pivotal roles in their respective teams.

Jayden Daniels (LSU) – Daniels has been a revelation, drawing comparisons to Joe Burrow with his dynamic performances. Despite LSU not clinching the SEC West, Daniels has been instrumental in his team’s success, boasting 3,812 passing yards, 1,134 rushing yards, and 50 touchdowns. His record-breaking game against Florida, where he became the first in FBS to throw for over 350 yards and rush for over 200 yards in a single game, has been a highlight of his season.



Bo Nix (Oregon) – Nix’s efforts nearly propelled Oregon into the College Football Playoff. His season stats are impressive, with 4,145 passing yards, 228 rushing yards, and 46 combined touchdowns. Nix’s back-to-back 400-yard games and decisive victories over USC and Arizona State underscore his impact on the Ducks’ successful season.


Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) – Leading Washington to a perfect season and a Pac-12 title, Penix Jr. has been a standout quarterback. He led the nation in passing yards per game and was a major force behind Washington’s emergence as a national contender. His 4,218 passing yards and 33 touchdowns have made him a key player in the Huskies’ impressive campaign.

Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State) – Harrison Jr. has been a key figure in Ohio State’s offense, with 67 receptions, 1,211 yards, and 14 touchdowns. His performance as a Biletnikoff Award finalist and one of the nation’s leading receivers has been crucial for the Buckeyes, particularly in a competitive wide receiver group.

Unlike the previous year, where USC’s Caleb Williamsdominated the field, the 2023 race is more unpredictable and exciting. Each finalist has demonstrated not only exceptional skill but also immense value to their teams, impacting their overall success significantly.

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