The finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy were announced this evening and the list includes Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Oregon quarterback Bo Nix, and Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. They will all be in attendance for this Saturday’s ceremony, which will take place at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams did not make the cut as a finalist, falling short of becoming the second player in history to win the award twice.
Daniels put up monster numbers for LSU this year and closed the regular season as the favorite to win the award at DraftKings Sportsbook. The fifth-year senior racked up 3,812 passing yards, 1,134 rushing yards, and 50 total touchdowns while leading the Tigers to a 9-3 record. He, along with Biletnikoff Award finalist Malik Nabers, were the catalysts for an LSU offense that on multiple occasions had to make up for a vulnerable defense.
Penix is the only College Football Playoff-bound finalist this season as he led Washington to a perfect 13-0 record where they won the final Pac-12 Championship. The sixth-year graduate senior completed 65.9% of his passes for 4,218 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Like Daniels, he also had a Biletnikoff Award finalist to throw to in Rome Odunze and had other elite receiving weapons like Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan to lean on.
Nix had an incredible 2023 campaign and got Oregon to the doorstep of a College Football Playoff berth before falling to Penix and Washington in the Pac-12 title game. He completed a ridiculous 77.2% of his passes for 4,145 yards with 40 passing touchdowns to just three interceptions on the year. He was also an effective runner in the Ducks offense, breaking off 228 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Harrison followed up a dominant sophomore season in 2022 with another impressive campaign this season and is also a Biletnikoff Award finalist. The son of the Pro Football Hall of Famer hauled in 67 targets for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns as Ohio State finished with an 11-1 record this year. MHJ is being projected as the No. 1 receiver for the 2024 NFL Draft and could go as high as No. 2 overall.