CFN Staff Predictions: The 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner Will Be …
Who will be the 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner? The CFN staff and Friends of the Program with in.
Heisman Trophy Preseason Prediction
@Rich Cirminiello, CFN: QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State. He’s not the sexiest choice, and others will have better numbers. But Barrett is the senior leader of a Buckeye squad that’ll return to the playoffs. And with the addition of Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator, Barrett will enjoy the kind of production spike that attracts more interest from voters.
@Jeff Feyerer, CFN: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State. I wrote an entire paragraph extolling the virtues of Oregon RB Royce Freeman, but no running back outside of the national title picture has won the Heisman since Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1999. I do believe Freeman will put up the best numbers of any back in the country, but if Rudolph gets to ten regular season wins and guides the ‘Pokes to the Big 12 Championship Game, he’ll have the resume to get the call. He has the best group of receivers in the country and given the state of defense in the conference, Rudolph is going to put up numbers in every game he plays in. But the more wins, the better.
@Pete Fiutak, CFN: QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama. I detailed it all out here with what’s going to happen in the Heisman race, with Hurts checking all the boxes for a potential winner. Top player on the top team, big moments, big games, sensational highlight upside – it’s all there.
@Jeremy Harper, SunBeltHeat: How about we see a Group of Five guy get his due? Ed Oliver out of Houston might be the best DL in the country. I’d love to see him, USF’s Quinton Flowers or Wyoming’s Josh Allen get some national recognition.
@Phil Harrison, CFN: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma. He made a late push for it last year, and the offense won’t miss a beat with Lincoln Riley stepping up to be the head man. The volume will be there, the yards and highlights will be there, and as long as Oklahoma takes care of most of its business, he’ll be in the spotlight all year.
@Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State. This could be tough since the Buckeyes will like to run as much as pass with a balanced offense, but a Big Ten title and a playoff berth goes a long way for a Heisman bid. His dual-threat ability can give him an edge over other players.
@Russ Mitchell, CFN: QB Sam Darnold, USC. Don’t let the SI Jinx scare you, because Darnold won’t. He’s the real deal. This time last year I picked Lamar Jackson, and everyone thought I was drunk. Yes, you did. And while yes, I had been drinking, I was still correct – despite eventually casting my ballot for another. (Honorable Mention: RB Derrius Guice, LSU. Oh but for a QB… A quarterback, a quarterback, my etouffee for a quarterback-(with apologies to Will).
Keith Stewart, Winners & Whiners: Derrius Guice, RB LSU. I’ve been talking about this guy since early last season. This guy is A BEAST. He beats out Sam Darnold in a close Heisman race.
@Joe Vitale, UGAFootballLive: Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. He possesses everything you look for in a Heisman winning quarterback. As Fiu said, he is the top player on one of the top teams, and he will have plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent on national television, especially late in the season.