College football: Heisman finalist snub sparks massive media frenzy
New York, New York - The list for the 2022 Heisman finalists stunned the college football world after the selection committee surprisingly snubbed a former front-runner.
Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, USC's Caleb Williams, TCU's Max Duggan, and Georgia's Stetson Bennett will be packing their bags for a trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony after being named as finalists on Monday.
The four quarterbacks played for top 10 teams this season, and three of them will play in College Football Playoff games on December 31.
Stroud, who was nominated for the prestigious honor last year, was one of the leading candidates for the trophy all season long, and college football fans believed he deserved another nomination this year.
Williams' Heisman nod drew controversy after the questionable fashion stunt he pulled during the Pac-12 Championship Game last Friday.
The Trojan passer painted "F**k Utah" on his nails in light of the matchup against the Utes, and many felt the move went against the Heisman's criteria to award the player who "exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity."
Duggan, who led TCU to an undefeated regular season, was one of the later players to join the Heisman watch list, but has gained national attention each week for huge performances that led his team to the semifinal bowl game en route to the national championships.
More than any other finalist, Georgia's QB Bennett completely stunned in the world of college football. The Bulldogs walk-on wasn't even a second-team All-SEC quarterback this season, yet he somehow earned a Heisman nomination.
This caused many to take to social media and air out their frustrations regarding his selection over Tennessee's Hendon Hooker.
Where is Tennessee's Hendon Hooker in the Heisman race?
When Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker was not named a Heisman finalist Monday, members of the media and those who followed his stellar season were understandably livid.
Halfway through the season, Hooker and Stroud were the runaway favorites for the Heisman with almost identical numbers.
Still, what's most confusing about Hooker's snub is the selection of fellow SEC passer Bennett, who somehow trumped Hooker in the Heisman race, although he had some lackluster performances compared to the Vols' QB.
"Stetson Bennett IV wasn't even the second-team All-SEC quarterback. Love the kid. Inspirational story. But his QB rating was more than 20 points lower than Hendon Hooker's," CBS writer Wes Rucker noted on Twitter.
"Hendon Hooker is the first SEC QB to be named SEC offensive player of the year and not be named a Heisman finalist while another SEC QB is named a finalist," another person wrote about Hooker's snub.
"Hendon Hooker not being a Heisman finalist tells you everything you need to know about the process," CBS Sports HQ analyst Josh Pate tweeted.
The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on Saturday during the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on ESPN at 8PM EST.
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