Oh why not? We still don’t know who’s staying around, but here’s who the hot names should be for the 2019 Heisman Trophy.
Let’s get the hype started already.
Who are the top ten Heisman candidates going to be for the 2019 college football season?
How did this piece work out last season? Well … it was great two years ago when I got the Baker Mayfield Would Win call right, and obviously Lamar Jackson had to be in the top three.
Last year, it was full of right ideas, wrong applications, and a whole slew of whiffs, assuming the Alabama quarterback would be the lead guy – remember, this was written before anyone knew who Tua Tagovailoa was.
This is never an exact science, but these below are correct.
A few caveats before getting started.
1. The assumption is that Oregon QB Justin Herbert, Memphis RB Darrell Henderson and Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams will turn pro early. It’s an automatic top ten spot for any of them if they stay.
2. Please, get well soon, McKenzie Milton. All hopes are for the UCF star quarterback to heal quickly, but for now, it’s about making sure his injured leg is okay.
3. The other assumption is that Kyler Murray decides to go become an Oakland A. Obviously, he’s in the top three, if not No. 1 overall, if he comes back.
4. There’s also one very, very big call being made – Dwayne Haskins is probably going to bolt early for the NFL. It’s hardly a sure thing, but with Urban Meyer leaving, and coming off an amazing season, the Ohio State star would likely be a top 15 overall pick if he chooses to go. If not, put him in the top three here.
A Few Sleeper Names, Just In Case …
If any of these guys end up getting to New York, at least they were near the early top ten list.
QB JT Daniels, Soph. USC
Now that he has a year under his belt and Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to run, the undeniable talent might just shine through.
RB AJ Dillon, Jr. Boston College
It’s been a strong first two seasons, and if he can stay healthy, he’ll be a threat for 2,000 yards.
QB Jake Fromm, Jr. Georgia
The numbers probably won’t be there, but Justin Fields will. Fromm is too good to take off the field.
RB Najee Harris, Jr. Alabama
Even with Damien Harris gone, Najee Harris will still be involved in a rotation of future NFL backs. But he should be the star of the bunch.
QB Kellen Mond, Jr. Texas A&M
Mond very, very quietly put together a strong all-around season. With all of the promising and talented wideouts turning into dangerous juniors, Year Two under Jimbo Fisher should be massive.
RB D’Andre Swift, Jr. Georgia
Talent-wise, there’s no question he belongs in the top ten. But the Heisman is a strange animal. Swift will be brilliant, but he’ll split carries, Jake Fromm will be amazing, and the bulk numbers just won’t be there … probably.
QB Khalil Tate, Sr. Arizona
Let’s try this again. Now that he’s had a year under Kevin Sumlin, and after throwing 26 touchdown passes, maybe this all gets rolling in Year Two like it’s supposed to.