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2021 Heisman Trophy watch list: Sam Howell, Spencer Rattler lead top contenders

Nine of the top 10 vote-getters for last year's Heisman Trophy were selected in the NFL draft in April, including seven first-round selections, leaving a wide-open field for college football's most prestigious award in 2021. Quarterback candidates abound, as always, for an honor that's been bestowed on a passer 12 times in the last 15 years. At Oklahoma, Spencer Rattler looks to become the third OU QB to win the Heisman in the last five years, following former No. 1 overall draft picks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. It's been almost 30 years since a Miami player won the Heisman (Gino Torretta in 1992) but the 'Canes have a legit contender this season in QB D'Eriq King. Listed in ascending order, here are 10 playmakers to watch for the 2021 Heisman. All but two -- Alabama's Bryce Young and Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei -- will be at least three years removed from high school after the season, and thus eligible for entry into next year's NFL draft.

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Chase Goodbread

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