Snubbed? College football fans unhappy with 2021 Heisman Trophy finalists announced


The Heisman Trust on Monday unveiled its four finalists for the 2021 college football season. In the immortal words of Douglas Adams, “this had made a lot of people very angry and was widely viewed as a bad decision.”

Overall, college football fans had reason to voice their displeasure following Monday’s unveiling. The four finalists are Alabama quarterback Bryce Young; Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett; Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud; and Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.

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There is nothing wrong with the finalists themselves: they have all played exceptionally well this season. Young’s prowess helped the Crimson Tide win an SEC championship and a place in the college football playoffs; Hutchinson has had an outstanding defensive season for the Wolverines in the playoffs; Pickett’s season helped him pass Dan Marino for the most touchdowns in Pitt history; and Stroud had no problem cutting through opposing defenses (just ask Michigan State).

But college fans have always lamented what they thought were several rebuffs in the Heisman voting process, including Ole quarterback Miss Matt Corral, who has 20 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing scores; Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III, who ranks second nationally and first in the Power 5 with 1,646 rushing yards plus 18 rushing touchdowns; and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who many consider the Crimson Tide’s top player and who leads the nation in both tackles for loss (32.5) and sacks (15.5).

Sadly, there’s only room for so many finalists – four in 2021 – and that must have left some deserving players out. That hasn’t stopped fans, pundits, members of the media and more from complaining about Monday’s announcement:

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