The three finalists for the 2018 Heisman trophy were announced Monday night: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.

It’s just the seventh time in the 84-year history of the trophy that all three finalists are quarterbacks.

Year Winner 2nd place 3rd place
1970 Jim Plunkett – QB, Stanford Joe Theismann – QB, Notre Dame Archie Manning – QB, Ole Miss
2000 Chris Weinke – QB, Florida State Josh Heupel – QB, Oklahoma Drew Brees – QB, Purdue
2001 Eric Crouch – QB, Nebraska Rex Grossman – QB, Florida Ken Dorsey – QB, Miami (Fla.)
2008 Sam Bradford – QB, Oklahoma Colt McCoy – QB, Texas Tim Tebow – QB, Florida
2013 Jameis Winston – QB, Florida State A.J. McCarron – QB, Alabama Jordan Lynch – QB, Northern Illinois
2016 Lamar Jackson – QB, Louisville Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson Baker Mayfield – QB, Oklahoma

The winner of the trophy will be announced Saturday, Dec. 8.

Before then, let’s break down the three finalists. First, the stats:

StatS Tua Tagovailoa Kyler Murray Dwayne Haskins
Completions 199 241 348
Attempts 294 340 496
Passing yards 3353 4053 4580
Completion percentage 67.7 71.00 70.2
Yards per attempt 11.41 11.92 9.23
Passing touchdowns 37 40 47
Interceptions 4 7 8
TD/INT rate 9.25 5.71 5.88
Rating 202.3 205.7 175.8
Rushes 48 123 73
Rushing yards 190 892 122
Yards per rush 4 7.3 1.7
Rushing TDs 5 11 4
Total yards 3543 4945 4702
Total touchdowns 42 51 51

Those numbers certainly tell a story — which we’ll get to — but they don’t give the full picture for a complete comparison. For one, Tagovailoa hasn’t played nearly as much as either of his peers.

When counting offensive plays that each quarterback was directly involved in (pass attempts, rush attempts, and sacks), Tagovailoa tallies 74.9 percent of Alabama’s quarterback plays. Murray came in at 94.3 percent for Oklahoma, while Haskins was at 91.7 percent for Ohio State. Should a quarterback be knocked for his team playing so well that they don’t need him for a full game? No. But it does mean Tagovailoa has a smaller sample size to draw on than either Murray or Haskins.

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