Who are the leaders in the race for the 2019 Heisman Trophy?
Top Heisman Contenders After Week 3 Are …
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If you don’t have the stats, you can’t and won’t win the Heisman.
If you don’t have the big performances in the big games, you can’t and won’t win the Heisman – and that’s the issue for the Clemson stars.
Trevor Lawrence and Travie Etienne might be two of the nation’s best players, but that might have been it – they likely won’t get a chance to play against a strong team the rest of the way.
This can and will wildly change in a hurry, but if the Heisman voting was done right now …
Player of Week 3 (outside of the five main guys on this list)
QB Dillon Gabriel, UCF
The Knights got back their main quarterback options. Darriel Mack was rusty, but apparently ready to go after suffering an offseason leg injury, and Brandon Wimbush was fine after getting backed up last week. It was Gabriel who took it to Stanford, completing 22-of-30 passes for 347 yards and four scores in the 45-27 win over Stanford.
5 Players On The Radar …
In alphabetical order.
QB Ian Book, Notre Dame
RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State
RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State
5. QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Now the spotlight is on.
The nation’s second-most efficient passer behind Mr. Hurts, Burrow followed up his brilliant performance against Texas with a stat-padder against Northwestern State.
It all worked out well. The Tigers were a bit sluggish to start, but they weren’t in any real danger. And then it was leg-stretching time, opening up the offense and letting Burrow do his thing.
Taking target practice, he connected on 21-of-24 passes for 373 yards and two scores with an interception, and he ran for 30 yards and a score in the 65-14 win.
So far on the season he’s hitting over 83% of his throws for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns with two picks, averaging a ridiculous 12.5 yards per pass. Next up is a Vanderbilt defense that’s giving up over 500 yards per game, is 126th in the nation in pass defense, and doesn’t have any semblance of a pass rush.
Time to eat.