Who are the leaders in the race for the 2019 Heisman Trophy?
Top Heisman Contenders After Week 1 Are …
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The Heisman race is brutal. It’s not just enough to be very, very good – you need the stats, too.
In other words, going 13-of-23 for 168 yards with a touchdown and two picks and a rushing score isn’t good enough, even if you’d be a starting quarterback next weekend on Sunday instead of Saturday if you were eligible, Mr. Lawrence.
This can and will wildly change in a hurry, but if the Heisman voting was done right now …
Player of Week 1 (besides the five main guys on this list)
QB Hank Bachmeier, Boise State
The true freshman was beaten up and battered, getting sacked six times by the relentless Florida State pass rush. Down 31-14 on the road in the heat of Tallahassee, he kept his cool – sorry for that – and pulled off the phenomenal 36-31 comeback win, completing 30-of-51 passes for 407 yards and a score with a pick.
5 Players On The Radar …
In alphabetical order.
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas
RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
RB DeAndre Swift, Georgia
5. RB Travis Eitenne, Clemson
And just like that, the season-opener for Clemson against Georgia Tech became a laugher.
Give the Tiger offensive line credit for giving the slippery Etienne a little room to move on the interior, and once he got the sliver of daylight …
Trevor Lawrence is Clemson’s best player – and maybe college football’s most talented star – but again, the overall stats won’t be there compared to the top passers. Etienne has the combination of talent, big opportunities – at least over the next few weeks against Texas A&M and Syracuse – and almost certainly, the big stats to make a run at being a finalist.
It was more than just the 90-yard dash in the first quarter. He threw off a 14-yard touchdown run, and blew the game wide open in the third quarter with a 48-yard scoring dash. When it was over, he took off for 205 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Averaging 17.1 yards per carry … not bad.