A few months ago, Saquon Barkley seemed like a lock to win the Heisman Trophy. Now, one of the most versatile players in the country isn’t even a finalist for the award.
On Monday evening, three Heisman finalists were named: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, QB), Bryce Love (Stanford, RB) and Lamar Jackson (Louisville, QB). While there were other potential candidates, the two most glaring omissions were Barkley and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.
2017 Heisman Trophy finalists:
– Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
– Stanford RB Bryce Love
– Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 5, 2017
Barkley finished the year with 2,154 all-purpose yards, the most in the B1G this year. Of that ridiculous total, 1,134 yards came as a running back. He also accounted for 22 total touchdowns this season as Penn State went 10-2.
The other potential B1G candidate was Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the B1G in rushing this season with 1,847 yards. He also totaled 13 touchdowns.
While it isn’t too surprising that Mayfield, Love and Jackson were the three finalists, it is a bit head-scratching that Barkley nor Taylor was tabbed as a finalist.