NEW YORK – While a former Ohio State player won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, three current Buckeyes also factored prominently into this year's voting.
As expected, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow – who spent three years at Ohio State (2015-17) before leaving for Baton Rouge as a graduate transfer – won this year's Heisman in landslide fashion. The former Buckeye, who has led LSU to a 13-0 record and the No. 1 seed in this year's College Football Playoff while completing 77.9 percent of his passing attempts for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns with only six interceptions, received 841 first-place votes and 2,608 total points.
Burrow received 90.7 percent of the total first-place votes and 93.8 percent of the possible points in Heisman Trophy voting, breaking records previously set by former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, and on 95.5 percent of total ballots, breaking the record previously set by former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in 2014.
Joe Burrow broke former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smiths records for the highest percentage of first-place votes and possible points in Heisman Trophy voting. pic.twitter.com/0WTptlSwsG— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 15, 2019
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields finished third in the voting, defensive end Chase Young finished fourth and running back J.K. Dobbins finished sixth, marking the second time Ohio State has had three players finish in the top six in Heisman voting. The Buckeyes previously accomplished that feat in 1973 when John Hicks finished second, Archie Griffin finished fifth and Randy Gradishar finished sixth.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts finished second, by a slim margin of just 15 total points over Fields.
Heisman voting breakdown by region. Joe Burrow dominated in every region. Justin Fields received the second-most votes in the Midwest, Chase Young received the second-most votes in the Mid-Atlantic and Jalen Hurts was second in every other region. pic.twitter.com/UCTZi6yPiu— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 15, 2019
Fields received six first-place votes, 271 second-place votes and 187 third-place votes, Young received 20 first-place votes, 205 second-place votes and 173 third-place votes and Dobbins received two first-place votes, 36 second-place votes and 36 third-place votes.
The full voting breakdown for this year's top 10 in Heisman Trophy balloting:
|3||JUSTIN FIELDS||OHIO STATE||6||271||187||747|
|4||CHASE YOUNG||OHIO STATE||20||205||173||643|
|6||J.K. DOBBINS||OHIO STATE||2||36||36||114|
|8||CHUBA HUBBARD||OKLAHOMA STATE||0||11||46||68|
Of note, Young received the second-most first-place votes, but less second- and third-place votes than both Hurts and Fields.
Fields becomes the second straight Ohio State quarterback to finish third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Dwayne Haskins, who finished third (with 46 first-place votes and 783 total points) behind Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa in 2018.