By George Economus
As another college season approaches, the about potential Heisman Trophy winners begin. Quarterbacks and running backs continue to dominate the lists as they have since the first year it has been awarded.
- Bryce Love- Stanford
Bryce Love decided to forego millions this past offseason and stay at Stanford for his final senior campaign. Bryce Love showed patience behind the line of scrimmage last year by waiting to explode through open holes, he also proved to be a successful replacement for the now Carolina Panther’ running back Christian McCaffrey. Love was a Heisman finalist after running for 2118 yards and 19 touchdowns in only 263 attempts last year. Most college football analysts right now have Bryce Love topping their Heisman hopeful lists, and for good reason.
- Jonathan Taylor- Wisconsin
Another patient but explosive running mack remains at the top of the list. Taylor like Bryce Love had an amazing year running the ball; however, last year Taylor was a true freshman and still has time to grow as a player. Taylor ran the ball 299 times for 1977 yards and 13 touchdowns. Taylors explosive running helped lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a Big 10 championship and a 13-1 record. Jonathan Taylor young but has a lot of potential. To win heisman he is simply going to need to outrun other running backs at the top of this list.
- Khalil Tate- Arizona
Dual-Threat quarterbacks have been a common heisman winner theme over the past 12 years with players like Troy Smith, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, RGIII, Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, and Lamar Jackson. Tate threw for 1591 yards with 14 touchdowns last year. On top of that, Tate ran for an additional 1411 yards and another 12 touchdowns. The only thing holding Tate back is his team. Arizona finished 7-6 last year with a bowl game loss to Purdue. Heisman winners are typically on successful, winning teams. If Tate wants a shot at Heisman, he needs to carry his team to 8+ wins.
- J.K Dobbins- Ohio State
J.K. Dobbins is a beast and he is also just a Sophomore. He is a quick and explosive runner who gets extra yards with ease. However, Dobbins shares carries with another running back, Mike Weber, who may lead him not getting enough carries and yards to be considered for Heisman. Dobbins only had 197 carries last year, which was 66 less than Love and 102 less than Taylor. Even with 197 carries, Dobbins did work. Dobbins averaged 7.2 yards a carry amounting for 1403 total yards and still managed to get into the endzone 8 times. Mike Weber ran the ball 101 times last year, and if they gave half of those to Dobbins he would have easily had a 2000 yard year. If Dobbins gets a few more carries and into the endzone a few more times, he should be a finalist come December.
- Jake Fromm- Georgia
When thinking Heisman, you think of quarterbacks on winning teams and this is what Sophomore Jake Fromm brings to the table. As a freshman, Fromm threw for 2615 yards in 291 attempts. He also threw 24 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. You also got to remember that last year Georgia ran the ball a lot through Sony Michel and Nick Chubb who both ran for 1200+ yards. Both Michel and Chubb were drafted into the NFL over the off-season and as a result Georgia’s offense may need to rely more on Fromm, potentially leading him towards Heisman talk.
Other Players on the rise:
– Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), Joe Burrow (LSU), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
All three of these QBs are very similar, they will be starting quarterbacks for a whole season.
Dwayne Haskins had his moments last year including a few quarters of play that helped Ohio State top Michigan after JT Barrett went down. Joe Burrow, a former teammate of Dwayne Haskins, transferred to LSU where he will immediately take over. Burrow also had a few moments at Ohio State including a phenomenal spring game. Tua Tagovailoa, who overtook Jalen Hurts in the second half of the national championship, who is hoping to be the next Alabama Heisman winner.
Other Players to look for:
– Will Grier (West Virginia), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn), D’Andre Swift (Georgia), Nick Bosa (Ohio State), Ed Oliver (Houston), Trace McSorley (Penn State), and Jake Browning (Washington)