The stage is set for the announcement of the Heisman Trophy winner, with four finalists vying for the prestigious award. The finalists include LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Oregon quarterback Bo Nix, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., and Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. These athletes, most of whom are transfer quarterbacks, have shone brightly at their second schools and opted to extend their college careers to prove their mettle.
The Rising Impact of the Transfer Portal and NIL Deals
The landscape of college sports has significantly transformed in recent years, with the transfer portal and Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals playing a crucial role. These changes have particularly favored quarterbacks who have seized the opportunity to transfer and thrive in new environments. This trend is reflected in the Heisman finalists, who have made the most of their second chances and are now on the cusp of greatness.
Transfer Quarterbacks: The New Heisman Trend
Recent Heisman victories by transfer quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Joe Burrow suggest a rising trend. This year's finalists are no exception, having taken unique routes to success. Some have benefited from the NCAA's extra year of eligibility granted due to the pandemic, using it to prove their worth on the football field.
Awaiting the Heisman Announcement
As the anticipation builds, the finalists are spending time in New York, participating in various activities, including endorsements for a fast-food chain. The Heisman ceremony, set to be broadcasted by ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, will unveil the winner of this coveted award. Will it be another year for a transfer quarterback to lift the trophy? Only time will tell.