2019 Heisman Candidates: The Top Ten Too Early First Guess

2019 Heisman Candidates: The Top Ten Too Early First Guess

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2019 Heisman Candidates: The Top Ten Too Early First Guess

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6. QB Ian Book, Jr. Notre Dame

Brandon Wimbush was fine.

He was able to lead the Irish to a 3-0 star, but the offense sputtered against Ball State, and it stalled too much against Vanderbilt. Against the Commodores, Ian Book stepped in, hit all three of his passes with a touchdown in the 22-17 victory, and the gig was his the rest of the way.

The magic was there two years ago, too, leading the Irish to an improbable 21-17 comeback win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl by completing 14-of-19 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

But this season he took the Irish to the College Football Playoff.

The running of Dexter Williams had a lot to do with that, but Book was the difference-maker, hitting over 70% of his throws for, 2,468 yards and 19 touchdowns while spreading out six picks.

He was no Wimbush running the ball, but when needed, he took off for a few key runs including a late score in the tight game against Northwestern.

The problem? He’ll need a few new receivers to emerge, but the bigger concern could be a trip to Georgia on September 21st in what might be the team’s make-or-break moment.

That should be his big game for the Heisman hunt, too.

NEXT: No. 5. There’s that other guy in the backfield, but he’ll hold his own, too …

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