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Stanford’s Luck Named Finalist For Heisman Trophy

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Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Luck, the Stanford quarterback and preseason favorite, is a finalist for the second straight season.

Luck also learned Monday that he has won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation’s top quarterback who best exemplifies character and scholastic and athletic achievement.

The award was announced Monday by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

Griffin is the first Baylor player to be picked as a finalist. The school has never had a player finish better than fourth in the Heisman voting.

Richardson is the second Alabama running back to be a finalist in the last three years. Former teammate Mark Ingram won the Heisman in 2009.

Ball has scored 38 touchdowns for Wisconsin and needs one more to match Barry Sanders’ NCAA record.

Mathieu, the LSU defensive back nicknamed Honey Badger, has made numerous game-changing plays for the top-ranked Tigers.

The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday night.

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