4. RB D’Andre Swift, Jr. Georgia
Jake Fromm will be the signature star and the top pro prospect going into the season, but he’s not going to have the raw numbers of a typical Heisman-caliber quarterback.
He’ll be a winner, and he’ll be terrific, but to blow voters away in the Heisman race, the bar has been set ridiculously high with all-time great statistical seasons put up by Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, and Kyler Murray.
Georgia will be national title-caliber team, and the opportunities will be there for someone to take the spotlight – and that’s where D’Andre Swift steps in. He doesn’t have to carry the offense with Fromm at the helm, but he might.
He averaged 6.4 yards per carry with 1,049 yards and ten scores despite splitting time with Elijah Holyfield. With good hands, he caught 32 passes with three scores, and he’s poised and ready to do even more.
Every bit the pro prospect that Fromm is – they’ll both likely go in the top ten overall in 2020 – he’s got everything in place to build the Heisman campaign to where it needs to be.
With Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State to start, Swift can build up the numbers, and then comes the showdown against Notre Dame. There are more than enough big SEC games after that to make a push.
Who else is that all-around star running back playmaker on a top team who’ll be in the spotlight?
Alternative … RB JK Dobbins, Jr. Ohio State
Justin Fields might be the star who’ll get the attention, but it’s Dobbins with the upside to put up a more consistent season with the numbers to match. He ran for 1,053 yards and ten scores, and he caught 26 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Now he doesn’t have to split time with Mike Weber.