Heisman finalists named

NEW YORK — Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball are the Heisman Trophy finalists.

The group includes the preseason favorite — Stanford quarterback Luck — and at least one player, Mathieu, who was low profile when the season began.

Luck is a finalist for the second straight season, and the other QB, Griffin, is the first Baylor player to get an invitation to the Heisman dinner in New York. The school has never had a player finish better than fourth.

Richardson is the second Alabama running back to be a finalist in the past three years. Former teammate Mark Ingram won the Heisman in 2009.

Ball has scored 38 touchdowns for Wisconsin and needs one to match Barry Sanders' NCAA record. Mathieu, the LSU defensive back nicknamed "Honey Badger," has made numerous game-changing plays.

Notably missing were quarterbacks Kellen Moore of Boise State, Matt Barkley of USC and Case Keenum of Houston.

The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday night and broadcast on ESPN starting at 8.

Earlier Monday, Luck won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top quarterback who best exemplifies character and scholastic and athletic achievement.

NEW COACHES: FAU introduced former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, who will succeed the retired Howard Schnellenberger. Ole Miss hired former Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze to replace the fired Houston Nutt. Also, Weber State hired former Louisville and Michigan State coach John L. Smith, and South Dakota picked former Wyoming coach Joe Glenn.

HAWAII: Coach Greg McMackin is retiring after missing the postseason for the second time in his four years.

MIAMI: Wide receiver Tommy Streeter and defensive lineman Marcus Forston will skip their senior seasons and declare for the NFL draft.

OREGON: All-American cornerback Cliff Harris was dismissed for violating team rules.

RICE: Defensive coordinator Chuck Driesbach and recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers were fired.

Heisman finalists named 12/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 10:03pm]

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