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Iowa's Sam Brincks is a finalist for a trophy that rhymes with Heisman

Trick plays are still paying off for the Hawkeyes

Iowa defensive end Sam Brincks (90) celebrates after catching a touchdown on a fake field goal during the Big Ten football game between Iowa and Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Max Petrosky/Freelance)
Iowa defensive end Sam Brincks (90) celebrates after catching a touchdown on a fake field goal during the Big Ten football game between Iowa and Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Max Petrosky/Freelance)

The 2018 Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night, with a trio of household name quarterbacks in New York for the ceremony: finalists Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.

The Heisman gets all the hype, but it’s the *Piesman* Trophy race that Iowa football fans should be more eager to follow.

Iowa defensive end Sam Brincks is one of five finalists this year for the Piesman, an SB Nation award (with a real trophy) for “linemen who do un-lineman-like things ... the most impressive play in which an offensive or defensive linemen runs with, throws, or catches the ball”


Brincks’ un-lineman thing: an over-the-shoulder touchdown catch on a trick play against Penn State.

It happened in the first quarter on Oct. 27 in State College, Pa., with Iowa’s field goal team on the field, but not lined up for a field goal attempt on fourth-and-goal. Punter/holder Colton Rastetter took the snap, ran to his right, then turned and lobbed a pass to Brincks, who was uncovered at the goal line. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Carroll native hauled it in and withstood a hit for a touchdown, the latest trick play success for the Hawkeyes under special teams coordinator LeVar Woods. The score put Iowa up 12-0, but Penn State went on to win 30-24.

A media panel votes on the award and there’s a fan vote component as well. Brincks has already advanced from a list of 18 candidates across all divisions of college football. Other finalists are Louis Vecchio (Vanderbilt), Kyle Phillips (Tennessee), Darrius Montgomery (Incarnate Word) and Garrett Marion (UAB). You can watch all the plays here.

The winner will be announced at noon CT Monday and will presumably celebrate with pie.

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