Melvin Gordon has been practicing in the hopes he’ll win the Heisman tonight (here he is circa 2009)
Tonight we’ll learn the name of the 2014 Heisman winner.
A Heisman Finalist Primer
If you have been sleeping under a rock, you might not know that it’s down to three finalists: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. If none of those names aren’t familiar to you, don’t worry: we’ve created a primer.
As ESPN and Yahoo!Sports report, the last two quarterbacks to lead the country in quarterback rating – as Mariota does – have won the award. (Side note: If Mariota wins, he’ll be the first Oregon player to do so.)
The chances that Amari Cooper will walk away with the trophy aren’t the greatest, AL.com reports. But he has been a consistent, star player — and no matter the outcome of the race to the Heisman, we’re definitely envious of his skill and dedication.
“He’s one guy Friday night always after meetings, so it’s 10:00 at night and he’s there watching one last time, watching the DBs he’s going to go against. It’s just so great for our young kids to be around and learn from him.” — Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin to an Arkansas radio station
And then there’s Melvin Gordon. The 6’1″ 213-pound running back hopes to join two previous Wisconsin running backs to win the trophy: Alan Ameche (1954) and Ron Dayne (1999).
And even though Mariota is the favorite, Gordon has his fingers crossed. “You’ve got to keep faith,” Gordon said, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinal. “You never know how the votes are going to turn out.”
Whether it’s Mariota, Cooper or Gordon, we’ll be excited come the end of the ceremony.
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