This is the first edition of the Heisman Race rankings. This is the way to early version as the college football season a while away, although many college football fans can’t wait. The most prestigious award in college football is almost always controversial and we are going to go ahead in dive into the conversation early.
- Justin Fields, QB Ohio State
Fields were one of the best quarterbacks in last year and are primed for another great year. Last year they had one of the most dangerous offenses in college football and should keep it up again. He had 41 touchdowns and 3,272 yards which is great stats for a first year transfer quarterback. Chances are he would have definitely been close to winning this awards if there wasn’t so much talent last year. When you look at Ohio State’s schedule this year, it looks clear that Fields is right there in the running. They only have a few tough games at Oregon and at Penn State. They should be able to take down those teams with this offense which would probably lead them to another playoff run.
- Trevor Lawerence QB, Clemson
One of the more notable names in this article is Lawerence who was his career laid in front of him right now. If he can stay upright and healthy I see no reason for him not to grab the number one pick at the end of the year. Trevor’s stat line will be the main things comparing him and Fields at the end of the year. He has the strongest arm in college football and his team will continue to be competitive in the upcoming year. The only reason he wasn’t in the race this year was his slow start when he threw 5 interceptions in his first 3 games. The race for the national championship is wide open this year and Trevor just might be able to take two trophies on the way to the NFL.
- Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
Spencer is one of my sleeper picks for this award this year with the Oklahoma offense. From talent alone you can definitely tell that he has the potential to be one of the top QBs, especially in the Oklahoma offense. He was the number one ranked dual threat QB in his class and should fit right in at OU. Lincoln Riley has been known to be the QB whisper the past couple years, sending two number one overall picks to the NFL. I don’t see why this would change in Rattler as he could take charge of this race with the tougher part of the Oklahoma schedule during the beginning half of the season. Don’t be surprised to see the young gun get going, especially early.
- Chubba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
If anyone were to grab the award as a tailback it would be Hubbard. He had a great season last year at Oklahoma State last year, and in his final year, he should get even better. He had 2,094 yards which were the most in college football and is already the top back to watch. Travis Etienne could have been in this spot, but with all eyes on Lawerence chances are he will fall under Lawerence’s shadow. Not to mention that he will get to run on Big 12 defenses which isn’t the greatest in college football. The Cowboys may be the team to watch next year with Hubbard leading the charge.
- Bo Nix, QB Auburn
Nix has momentum swung in his way after a win in the Iron Bowl at the end of the year knocking Alabama out of the playoff race. For a freshman playing in the SEC, Nix showed some real poise winning close games throughout the year for the Tigers. Unfortunately for him, he had to play 7 top 25 teams in his schedule last year, with some more experience he could easily win a few more games. He had 16 QBs and over 2500 yards last year and he has plenty of room improvement. Wins equal Heisman race, especially for SEC QBs.
- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
I was shocked to see Travis Etienne return to Clemson for another season of college football. This is a player that could have easily been one of the top running backs on the board in this year’s draft. If Etienne has a good year then he could definitely have a chance in this race, the only problem is Lawerence. He will be the top dog this year, especially since he could be the number one overall pick next year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more passes in the Clemson offense so they can prime Trevor for the top spot. Although if things aren’t working for Dabo and co we could see Etienne get the ball. If that happens he may have a chance.
- Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
Newman sneaks into our race following the many transfer QBs who won this race. Newman is the newest guy to join the top transfer QBs after a great year at Wake Forrest. He had a 61% completion rate along with 2,868 yards in his year with the Demon Deacons. Georgia has had a good offense for many years now under Kirby Smart. Maybe Newman leads the Bulldogs straight to the top giving him a huge Heisman bump.
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