It will be an early holiday highlight for college football fans when the 87th annual Heisman Trophy ceremony honors a new college football champion in December,
Watch for this year's voting to begin in November with the big four finalists announced
on Monday, December 6, 2021 -- followed by the announcement of this year's winner at the Heisman Ceremony televised live on ESPN on Saturday, December 11 at 8PM ET.
Meanwhile, keep it here for updates including the top college player who will be awarded Heisman glory this year..
2021 Heisman Trophy contenders
The top four hopefuls have consistently proven their contention for Heisman glory for the entire 2021 season.
With only days to go, they include (from left to right) Alabama quarterback Bryce Young; Ole Miss quarterback
Matt Corral; Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud; and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III.
DID YOU KNOW? - Heisman Trophy trivia & fun facts
College football coach,
John W. Heisman.
• Awarding a talented college football player with the Heisman Trophy dates back to 1935 when its first recipient, University of Chicago running back Jay Berwanger, was awarded the inaugural Heisman Trophy.
• The Heisman Memorial Trophy is named in honor of college football coach John W. Heisman, athletic director of the New York Downtown Athletic Club.
• The cast bronze trophy is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 25 lbs. The model for the trophy was Ed Smith, a player for New York University in 1934.
• Today, there are a total of 928 ballots cast in the awarding of the Heisman Trophy. Most are cast by sports journalists located in six regions throughout the US -- along with former Heisman winners who are also eligible to vote.
• Famous African-American Heisman Trophy winners include Syracuse University halfback Ernie Davis who won 1961. He was followed by running back Mike Garrett who took home the Heisman in 1965. O.J. Simpson was the third in 1968.
• Archie Griffin became the only person to win twice with two consecutive awards in 1974 and 1975.
• Other notable recipients include Tim Tebow who was the only sophomore (2007); Johnny Manziel the only freshman (2012); and 19-year-old Jameis Winston who became the youngest player (2013) ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
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