College football: Heisman Trophy reveals top 10 finalists as the big day arrives
New York, New York - The top four college football Heisman Trophy finalists will be honored in a ceremony in New York City on Saturday and the coveted top prize finally doled out. As six more candidates have joined the bunch in a top 10 ranking revealed by the Heisman committee, this year's list of top college players is definitely impressive.
This year's Heisman Trophy will either go to two-time finalist CJ Stroud (Ohio State), Davey O'Brien winner Max Duggan (TCU), Maxwell Award winner Caleb Williams (USC), or Stetson Bennett (Georgia) – the four finalists in the running for 2022's award.
The four quarterbacks will enjoy a legendary ceremony over the weekend before three of them take off in anticipation of their College Football Playoff bowl games on December 31.
The Heisman committee has already cast their votes on their 10 players in line for the coveted trophy. While the top four were revealed in random order ahead of the ceremony, the other six players were announced on Thursday night at the College Football Awards in the actual order they finished in the voting process.
After Tennessee's star playmaker Hendon Hooker was snubbed from a deserved trip to New York City, it turns out that the Vol was one spot away from being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, ending up at number five in the votes.
Finishing in the No. 6 spot was Alabama’s Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, followed by Michigan's top running back Blake Corum. Both Corum and Hooker were running favorites for the award before both sustained season-ending injuries that prematurely cut off their Heisman campaign.
Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. finished at No. 8 in the Heisman voting, and Texas' Bijan Robinson – who along with Corum make up the only non-passers in the group – and North Carolina’s Drake Maye rounded out the top 10, respectively.
The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on Saturday during the Heisman Trophy Ceremony at 8:00 PM EST.
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