Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and the Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.
The finalists were announced Monday on ESPN, and the award is scheduled to be presented in Manhattan on Saturday.
Watson finished third in last year’s voting, which was won by Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Just as he did last year, Watson heads to New York not as the favorite but as the contender coming on strong at the end. Mayfield finished fourth last season but did not get an invitation to the Heisman presentation in New York.
Peppers is the first defensive player to be a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was a distant runner-up to Johnny Manziel in 2012.
Westbrook and Mayfield are the…