We have the finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy: Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts and Chase Young. Here’s the case to be made for all four of them.
The 2019 Heisman Finalists
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Date: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8:00 pm ET
And now we have our four.
Based on the votes that came in, the four top vote-getters were – in alphabetical order – LSU QB Joe Burrow, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State DE Chase Young.
It’s been a sensational year for several top players, and here are six that were likely on plenty of ballots, but just missed the cut of the top four. In alphabetical order …
RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State
One of the nation’s best all-around backs, he pounded out 1,829 yards and 20 touchdowns with 200 receiving yards and two scores. How was he in the big games? 211 yards and four scores against Michigan, and 157 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, and 172 yards and a score in the Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin.
QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State
With an extra game to held the number, Joe Burrow threw for 4,715 yards. San Jose State’s Josh Love was No. 3 in passing yards with 3,923. Godeon averaged over 100 yards per game more than Love, hitting 72% of his throws for 5,228 yards and 45 touchdowns, averaging 438 yards per game.
RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
The lightning-fast back led the nation averaging 161 rushing yards per game, tearing off 1,936 with 21 touchdowns. Consistent, he ran for over 100 yards in every game but the blowout over McNeese State.
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Injuries – that’s all that slowed him down. He missed the Arkansas game, and was knocked out for the year against Mississippi State, but before that, he hit 71% of his passes or 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three picks. His passer rating of 206.93 was the greatest of all-time.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
He didn’t lead the nation in rushing, but he finished off the greatest three-year yardage run by any back in college football history, running for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns, and adding 24 catches for 209 yards and five scores.
LB Evan Weaver, Cal
The hard-nosed senior didn’t just lead the nation in tackles, he blew away everyone else with 26 more than the No. 2 guy, Dele Hardin of Illinois. Weaver made 173 tackles – 95 solo – with 2.5 sacks an 11 tackles for loss.
The finalists here are in alphabetical order …