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Heisman finalists do not include FSU runner Dalvin Cook

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As good as FSU’s Dalvin Cook was this year, he is not among the three players listed as Heisman Trophy candidates.

Nor is LSU’s Leonard Fournette. Nor Navy’s Keenan Reynolds.

In one of the most competitive Heisman races ever, the finalists are Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, Stanford’s Christian McCafferty and Alabama’s Derrick Henry.

Five straight quarterbacks have won the award, which would lean toward Watson, whose team is unbeaten. Henry’s team has one loss. McCafferty’s team is the only one that did not reach the playoffs.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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