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FILE - In this nov. 18, 2006, file photo, The Heisman Trophy is displayed near the end zone of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Heisman Trophy race, much like the playoff chase, took a detour last weekend. The presumptive favorite, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, was unable to prevent his team from being upset. Dak Prescott emerged as a legitimate contender for Mississippi State and a couple of guys who were trending in September _ Kenny Hill of Texas A&M and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska _ cooled off. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Here's what you need to know about the Heisman nominees before the ceremony


Here's what you need to know about the Heisman nominees before the ceremony

WATCH I  You probably didn't know this about the 2016 Heisman Trophy nominees.

The Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to the announcement of the winner, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in New York. The trophy will be awarded to one of the three finalists who are Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

On Saturday night in New York, arguably the most prestigious award in college football will be handed out to one athlete. The award is given to the best college football player during the regular season.

The winner of the highly-coveted individual award is voted on from a pool of at least three finalists. The recipient of the honor joins some pretty elite company in doing so.

Some of the Heisman winners of the past went on to have successful careers in the NFL.

A few of these past winners include current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton,  Charles Woodson, Tony Dorsett, and Bo Jackson.

Here are the athletes arriving in New York ahead of the event.

This year's five finalists include:

  • Clemson University QB Deshaun Watson
  • University of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
  • University of Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook
  • University of Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers
  • University of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

As Tracking Football points out, they're all multi-hyphenate athletes.

Here are the guys on the field during the season.

FILE - In a Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks to pass during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football gam against Virginia Tech, in Orlando, Fla. Watson acknowledges things have not been as free and easy at returning to the Heisman Trophy stage as it was getting there a year ago, when he finished third in the balloting. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Jackson is the heavy favorite of the bunch to take home the award, according to SB Nation.

And people on Twitter appear to agree.

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