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Derrick Henry wins the 2015 Heisman Trophy over Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson

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Christian McCaffrey made history for Stanford football but it was not enough to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama running back Derrick Henry has won the 2015 Heisman Trophy, beating out Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson for the most prestigious individual award in college football.

Derrick Henry had also won both the Doak Walker Award for best running back and the Maxwell Award for most outstanding player. Additionally, most of the experts predicted Alabama running back Derrick Henry to win. Christian McCaffrey joins Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart in the Stanford Heisman runner-up club, or perhaps the Stanford Heisman snub club would be more appropriate.

McCaffrey had a historic season breaking all sorts of records and accomplished things on the field that no one has ever done before. McCaffrey was also tremendously fun to watch this season providing more excitement and thrills than perhaps any Stanford player before him. Most importantly (for the Stanford family, anyway) McCaffrey was critical to the Cardinal's success this season leading Stanford to a Pac-12 Conference Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. All of the broken records and excitement however were not enough to lift McCaffrey over Henry.

Derrick Henry and Deshaun Watson were no doubt worthy contenders. Both players performed impressively on the field and both carried their teams to the College Football Playoffs. These two no doubt were deserving of the Heisman but McCaffrey had a history 2015 campaign.

Congratulations Derrick Henry.

A brief statistical comparison of the three candidates:

Christian McCaffrey:
Passing: two completions on 3 attempts, 39 yards, 2 touchdowns and 359.9 passer rating
Rushing: 319 attempts for 1847 yards 5.8 per attempt with 8 touchdowns
Receiving: 41 receptions, 540 yards 13.2 per receptions with 4 touchdowns
Kick Returns: 36 kick returns, 1042 yards with 1 touchdown
Punt Returns: 14 punt returns, 67 yards, 0 touchdowns
Total Yards: 3,496 or about 1.986 miles Total touchdowns: 15

Derrick Henry:
Rushing: 339 attempts for 1986 yards 5.9 per attempt with 23 touchdowns
Receiving: 10 receptions, 97 yards 9.7 per receptions with 0 touchdowns
Total Yards: 2,083 Total Touchdowns: 23

Deshaun Watson:
Passing: 287 completions on 413 attempts, 3,512 yards, 69.5% Completion percentage 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 159.6 passer rating
Rushing: 163 attempts for 887 yards 5.4 per attempt with 11 touchdowns
Total yards: 4,399 Total touchdowns: 41