Heisman finalists: Jackson, Watson, Peppers, two Sooners

Peppers, arguably the best defensive player in the nation, serves in other capacities for MI, returning punts and kicks, while also spending some time at running back.

Jackson is the -4000 favorite (wager $4000 to win $100) on the updated odds to win the Heisman Trophy with the five finalists for the award having been announced.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, and MI linebacker Jabrill Peppers are this year's five finalists.

Watson finished third in the balloting past year and will be on hand when the trophy is presented Saturday in NY.

Offensively, Peppers - who lined up as a quarterback, running back and wide receiver - rushed 27 times for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Gainesville, Georgia, Watson became Clemson's first Heisman finalist previous year.

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Check out all of Jackson's 51 touchdowns this season in one video.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook are part of a five-man field that will visit NY for Saturday's Heisman ceremony (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). "So they're just living off the national championship game, and all the success I had in that".

Mayfield passed for a career-high 38 touchdowns this season to go with 3,669 yards while leading the Sooners to a Sugar Bowl date against Auburn.

Watson believes he is in part tagged with matching the success he had in 2015 when he became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000.

On the season Jackson threw for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also rushed for 143 yards and six touchdowns. Watson is the first ACC player to be a two-time Heisman Finalist as well.

Woodson, Desmond Howard and Tom Harmon are Michigan's three Heisman Trophy winners. He and Westbrook are the first teammates to be finalists since Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart of Southern California finished first and third, respectively, in 2005. In 2002, Miami's Willis McGahee and Ken Dorsey made the final cut, as did Ki-Jana Carter and Kerry Collins from Penn State in 1994.

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