Who are the leaders in the race for the 2019 Heisman Trophy?
Top Heisman Contenders After Week 0, Before Week 1 Are …
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It’s not like Khalil Tate was a top Heisman pick throughout the offseason, but now any crazy thought of him being in the mix is long gone even with 361 passing yards and three scores, and with 108 rushing yards. But if he had powered his way into the end zone and pulled off the win over Hawaii, everything changes.
And, nah, Feleipe Franks isn’t going to take a massive leap forward and be a Heisman-caliber passer, either.
After Week 1 – with more games to go off of, this will all be based on how the race go if the season ended at the moment. For now, this is a projection, trying to get into the minds of the voters and where they might be leaning after it’s all over.
Player of Week 0
WR Cedric Byrd, Hawaii
14 catches for 224 yards and four scores in the 45-38 win over Arizona.
5 Players On The Radar …
In alphabetical order. Lines from playMGM …
QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas +2000
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State +1100
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia +1600
QB Adrian Martinez, Nebraska +1100
RB DeAndre Swift, Georgia +1400
5. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Despite rushing for 4,171 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first two seasons, he hasn’t been in the Heisman race as more than an also-ran so far.
He tore off 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns in his breakout freshman campaign, and ripped it up for 2,194 yards and 16 scores last season. What’s the problem?
It starts with his fumbling issues around the goal line – the stats would be much, much more impressive to the Heisman voters if he was hitting the 20+ TD mark – and it also hurts that he’s been so amazing just as Oklahoma quarterbacks, Dwayne Haskins, and Tua Tagovailoa are coming up with some of the greatest passing seasons in college football history.
The 2018 Doak Walker winner has to work behind a bit of a revamped O line, but it’s Wisconsin. It’ll be fine.
He needs to once again put up eye-popping numbers, he has to be the best running back in college football again, and he has to rock on the biggest of Big Ten stages, but he’s the top running back on the radar in a crowded group of quarterbacks.
playMGM Line: +2000