It will be an early holiday celebration for football fans when the
83rd annual Heisman Trophy presentation honors a new college football champion in New York City in December.
Watch for the official ceremony to be televised live on ESPN on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8PM ET with live appearances by top contenders and the final announcement of this year's winner.
As a new college football season kicks off, keep it here for more updates including the odds on major frontrunners, stats, and photos.
2016 Heisman rewind
With a quick look at the stats, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was last year's runaway Heisman favorite and eventual winner. Even early in the season he had racked up 25 total touchdowns in September -- later finishing with 51 total touchdowns 30 passing and 21 rushing, and accounted for 4,928 yards of total offense in 12 games -- and was basically unstoppable on the march to Heisman glory.
Meannwhile, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was back in the spotlight again in 2016 following his Top 3 pick in the 2015 Heisman running.
2016 Heisman contenders included (from left to right): Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson,
quarterback Deshaun Watson, Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield, and Michigan linebacker Jabril Peppers.
Also in the running for Top 3? That would be Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield who threw for 3,669 yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions and rushed for six more scores as the Sooners rebounded from a slow start early in the season.
Let's also not forget red hot Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers who at one point this season (Michigan's 59-3 win over Maryland) acted as linebacker, safety, running back, and wide receiver. In 2016 he completed over 50 tackles and four touchdowns as he continued to master the field for the Wolverines.
DID YOU KNOW? - All about the Heisman Trophy
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 ever to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
More about the Heisman Trophy around the Web:
Just up ahead, check out more about the Heisman Trophy with related resources featuring the latest rumors, photos, video highlights, and a bit of Heisman history and trivia...
Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy - The official site featuring a complete profile & photos on recent award recipients, trophy & award history, statistics, and details on the Heisman awards dinner.
Heisman Watch - Expert picks from CBS Sports with player profiles and season stats, information on past winners.
Heisman Winners.com - Major predictions on who's up for the award this year including profiles & photos of past winners, Heisman history and facts.