Heisman Trophy winner to be announced tonight
NEW YORK — Tua Tagovailoa rolled across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a black scooter with a little Alabama sticker on the front, his sprained left ankle in a gray plastic boot, safely propped up as he pushed off with his right foot.
The Crimson Tide quarterback and fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State were on Wall Street on Friday to ring the closing bell on a day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 558 points.
Stock for the three first- year starters has been soaring this season. A year ago they were second on their team’s depth chart. Today, one of them will win the Heisman Trophy.
Tagovailoa picked up where he left off in the second half of last season’s national championship game victory against Georgia to lead the top- ranked Crimson Tide back to the playoff as a sophomore.
Haskins, a third- year sophomore, stepped in after the departure of a four- year starter and smashed Ohio State and Big Ten passing records.
Murray, a fourth- year junior, replaced last season’s Heisman winner and had an even better season than his predecessor. Murray waited the longest to finally take over a team, transferring from Texas A& M after a rocky freshman season, taking a redshirt year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then backing up Baker Mayfield in 2017.
“I think sitting down and watching is kind of important,” Murray said. “I know Dwayne got to sit and watch. Tua obviously got to sit and watch. I think it just helps you with your growth and maturing on and off the field. I think that’s a big part.”
For the 16th time in the last 19 years, a quarterback will win college football’s most coveted individual award and that should not be a surprise this season. This has been the year of the quarterback, with FBS records for completion percentage, yards per pass and yards passing per game all within range as bowl season arrives. For the first time since 2008, when Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, Texas’ Colt McCoy and Florida’s Tim Tebow were the Heisman finalists, only quarterbacks were invited to New York for the trophy presentation.
Army- navy rivalry features trump
tossing coin at 119th game
PHILADELPHIA — A general’s pep talk about actual life- and- death battles emerged as a driving force this season for the Army football team.
In the Army, the general said, you win or you die.
Far more consequential than bragging rights on the football field, but useful for a team that no longer ends its season against Navy.
“It is dramatic,” team captain Cole Christiansen said. “But I think it’s helped us a lot.”
Christiansen has been part of Army’s turnaround from perennial losing program to its lofty status today: ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996, on a sevengame winning streak, headed to a bowl game and a 7- point favorite in Saturday’s 119th meeting against Navy.
The Army- Navy rivalry has often been known as patriotic — and for years, one of the most lopsided in sports. Navy hooked an anchor to the Commander- in- Chief ’s Trophy with a series- best 14- game winning streak from 2002- 2015.
The No. 22 Black Knights ( 9- 2) are on top these days, winners of two straight in the series headed into today’s game at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Last season’s game was an instant classic: Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48- yard field goal in the snow on the final play and Army held off Navy 14- 13 to win the CIC Trophy for the first time since 1996.
Navy leads 60- 51- 7.
President Donald Trump will officiate the coin toss today in his first Army- Navy game as president, where he’s also expected to make an announcement concerning the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Heisman Trophy finalists, from left, Dwayne Haskins, from Ohio State; Kyler Murray, of Oklahoma; and Tua Tagovailoa, from Alabama; pose with the Heisman Trophy at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday in New York.