Breece Hall finishes sixth in 2020 Heisman Trophy voting

Dec 5, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) reacts after scoring a touchdown during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State would go on to defeat West Virginia 42-6. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

For the fifth time in Iowa State history, Iowa State had a player in the top-10 of the Heisman Trophy voting.

Cyclone tailback Breece Hall finished in sixth-place in the voting for college football’s most illustrious award, becoming the first Iowa State player in the top-10 since Troy Davis in 1996.

Hall’s performance in the race joined Davis’ second-place finish in 1996 and a fifth-place finish in 1995 plus George Amundson’s seventh-place finish in 1972 and Dwight Nichols’ eighth-place finish in 1959 as Cyclones in the voting.

The sophomore from Wichita, Kan. ran for an FBS-high 1,436 yards and 19 touchdowns while being the consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and leading the Cyclones to their first berth in the Big 12 title game. Hall’s 21 total touchdowns ties Davis’ single-season school record previously held by Davis’ 1996 campaign.

Hall is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award alongside Alabama’s Najee Harris, who finished one spot ahead of him in the Heisman voting, and Clemson’s Travis Etienne. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith are the finalists for this year’s award with the winner set to be announced next month.

Iowa State will close its historic 2020 season on Jan. 2 when they square off with Oregon in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

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