Expert Picks, Predictions: Heisman Finalists Will Be ...

Expert Picks, Predictions: Heisman Finalists Will Be ...

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Expert Picks, Predictions: Heisman Finalists Will Be ...

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The Heisman finalists will be …

Jeff Feyerer @JeffFeyererCFN

Najee Harris/RB/Alabama, Jalen Hurts/QB/Oklahoma, Kellen Mond/QB/Texas A&M
A very Southern feel to my Heisman finalists, but I’ve got Harris as the front-runner. Sure, Alabama is going to throw the ball alot, but a) Jake Coker threw it 395 times in the season Derrick Henry won the Heisman, 40 more times than Tagovailoa threw it last year and b) they’re going to be beating the snot out of everyone which lends itself to more carries for the ground game. Their running game has taken a bit of a hit with some preseason injuries and Harris has waited patiently for his opportunity. This is it.
It would be a cool story for Hurts to be there and you can’t really go against the Sooners QB track record right now. I think Mond is going to be fantastic with that receiving corps. Other guys I was tempted to put here were my guy from last year Travis Etienne (Clemson), Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Justin Herbert (Oregon) and D’Andre Swift (Georgia).
I know Tua and Trevor Lawrence aren’t here, but how do we truly treat guys that are on teams that win by 40 every game?

Pete Fiutak @PeteFiutakCFN 

Remember, this isn’t about who the best player is. If this was about the NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence is the one of ones. In the Heisman race, he won’t have the raw stats.

As always, if you’re an investor, take The Field – not Justin Fields – if possible. However, the correct answers are (keeping in mind that I picked Khalil Tate before last year started … but got Baker Mayfield right the previous preseason) …

The Winner Will Be … QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Finalists: RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State; RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

Dan Harralson @danharralson, VolsWire.com

Tua, Trevor Lawrence, Joe Burrow

Phil Harrison @PhilHarrisonBW, BuckeyesWire.com

Tua Tagolaivoa, Alabama
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Isaiah Hole @IsaiahHole, WolverinesWire.com

Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa and Shea Patterson. The two College Football Playoff finalists continue to put up gaudy numbers, but a newcomer joins, as Shea Patterson benefits from having an offensive coordinator who highlights his capabilities.

Will Hunter @wil__hunter, SpartansWire.com

It’s Tua Tagovailoa vs. Trevor Lawrence as we get started. I’ll throw in Sam Ehlinger as the third. I also think Jonathan Taylor and Justin Herbert will have decent shots at it, maybe Jake Fromm too. Some dark-horses: Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields, D’Eriq King, Khalil Tate and Brock Purdy.

Jeremy Mauss @MWCWire,MWwire.com

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Kegan Reaneau @KeganReneau, SoonersWire.com

Tua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields

Johnny Rosenstein @JohnnyParlay11, SportsBookWire.com

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts and Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins.

Nick Shepkowski @Shep670, CFN Podcast

Trevor Lawrence, Tua, Justin Herbert

Scott Steehn @Steehnroller, WinnersandWhiners.com:

Very predictable.

Tua

Trevor Lawrence

Justin Herbert

Keith Stewart WinnersandWhiners.com

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts will be the top three Heisman candidates. The top two are better throwers but Hurts is a winner and will become a better passer in Lincoln Riley’s system.

Joe Vitale @JoeVitale, UGAwire.com

Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Boston College RB AJ Dillon (surprise)

Chris Wassel @ChrisWasselDFS, SportsBookWire.com

Jalen Hurts now of Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, and Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. Lawrence will only improve as a sophomore, while the other two will thrive – especially Hurts who will have an arsenal of playmaking options to throw to.

Clucko The Chicken (random college football skill position names with lots of 2018 stats)

1. RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State, 2. QB Mason Fine, Texas, 3. WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas

CONSENSUS PICK

Tua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence, Jalen Hurts

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