They saw, like everyone else, that Joe was going to win the Heisman on Saturday night in NY, likely by one of the most sizable voting margins in the 85-year history of the trophy.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, officially named a Heisman Trophy finalist Monday night, is already appearing in New York City. The 60-year gap between Heisman winners would be the longest for any school with multiple recipients.
With four talented finalists to choose from, this year's group features players who all have high ceilings at the professional level.
Players with Ohio State football ties dominated the voting for the Associated Press Player of the Year. Fields and Young are the first teammates to be finalists since Oklahoma had quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook at the Heisman ceremony in 2016. His single season at OU was by far the best of his career.
Burrow is in his fifth year of college after redshirting his first year at Ohio State.
The result was an onslaught in which Burrow completed 77.9 percent of his passes, on pace to set a Football Bowl Subdivision record, for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns, both SEC records, with six interceptions. Each player has had magnificent seasons and definitely deserves the recognition they are getting during this award season.
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, who replaced Hurts as the starter past year, is No. 1 in QB rating at 206.93 but played only nine games because of a high-ankle sprain in October and a season-ending dislocated hip in November.
Hurts is playing his one and only season at OU after transferring as a graduate transfer from Alabama. The sophomore has the Buckeyes (13-0) unbeaten and seeded second entering the playoff.
Current Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young received the other three first-place votes and finished second, and quarterback Justin Fields finished third. Despite missing two games due to NCAA suspension, Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and tackles for loss per game (1.9).
Missing out were the nation's top running backs. He ended the season with a streak of 10-straight 100-yard rushing games.