San Diego State University's Rashaad Penny not invited to Heisman Trophy ceremony

Posted: 5:09 PM, Dec 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-05 01:23:09Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State University tailback Rashaad Penny didn't receive an invitation to Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony in New York, knocking him out of the running for college football's most prestigious individual award.

Penny was considered a long shot candidate, despite leading the nation with over 2,000 yards rushing. In the past, Heisman voters have shown a preference for players from so-called Power 5 conference schools, and the Mountain West isn't part of that group.

Still, Aztecs fans were hopeful Penny might receive the recognition of an invitation to New York. Instead, those spots went to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the odds-on favorite, Stanford running back Bryce Love, and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's winner.

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Penny was also snubbed last month as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, going to college football's best running back, sparking outrage among SDSU fans.

The Aztecs will wrap up their season on December 23rd when they face Army in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.