Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, coming off an MVP performance in the ACC Championship Game this past Saturday, was named a Finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, which will be announced on Saturday in New York.
This makes Watson a finalist for the Heisman Trophy for a second straight year. The Tigers’ signal caller finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year. He is the only Clemson player to be named a Heisman Trophy Finalist.
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the favorite to win the award for much of the season, Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield will join Watson in New York as the three finalist,
At one point this year, some wondered if Watson would make it back to New York after struggling some earlier in the season.
In the month of November, during the stretch run to an ACC Championship, Watson tied his own Clemson and ACC record with six touchdown passes, while throwing for 347 yards on 26-of-32 passing against South Carolina. For the month, he completed 113 of 151 passes (.748) for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns. Granted, he threw four interceptions, but three came in the Tigers’ loss to Pitt when he also completed 52-of-70 passes (.743) for 580 yards and three touchdowns.
Watson had 1,419 total yards and 15 touchdowns in November. In the ACC Championship Game, Watson added to those numbers, with 373 total yards and five total touchdowns. He rushed for 85 yards and threw for 288 more on 23-of-34 passing in leading the Tigers to a 42-35 victory over Virginia Tech.
The Clemson quarterback leads the ACC in five different passing categories and is second in two others. He leads the league with 3,914 yards and 37 touchdown passes, while completing 67.6 percent of his passes.
Watson has 4,443 total yards and 43 touchdowns.