The Heisman Trophy is an award given to the most outstanding college football player in the nation. Traditionally, it has been given to either a quarterback or a running back and I think this year will be no exception. This year we have seen amazing quarterbacks, and I firmly believe that one of these players will be taking home a Heisman trophy:
- Dwayne Haskins- Quarterback – Ohio State: This year the Buckeyes had to replace one of the best statistical quarterbacks in Big 10 history, JT Barrett. Dwayne Haskins so far has filled those shoes. Haskins, in my opinion, is the most talented quarterback to play for Ohio State under Urban Meyer, and the ceiling is the sky for this kid. In just 6 games, Dwayne Haskins has passed for 1919 yards and 25 touchdowns. These stats are even more impressive when you consider that he has been benched around halftime in 3 of his 6 games to let Freshman Tate Martell get some reps. On top of all of this, Haskins also has a 71.7 completion percentage. Dwayne is on pace to destroy the number of yards and touchdowns JT Barrett threw for during his best seasons. Some people could argue that he pads his stats against weaker, less competitive teams. However, Haskins has shown up on the biggest stages throwing for a combined 614 yards and 5 touchdowns against TCU and Penn State. Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 6-0 record to start this season, and with an easier 2nd half of their schedule, I expect the Buckeyes to be in the College Football Playoffs. Perhaps Haskins can bring home some hardware along the way.
- Tua Tagovailoa- Quarterback- Alabama: Tua and Dwayne Haskins are very similar players in my opinion. They are both throwing quarterbacks for coaches who have traditionally run the ball with their quarterbacks. However, Urban Meyer and Nick Saban changed their offenses for these talented quarterbacks. Tua has also been amazing thru 6 games, throwing for 1495 yards and 19 touchdowns, while completing 75.2 percent of his passes. He also had limited playing time in blowout victories this year. Tua, unlike Haskins, still has not played in a major game. Still yet to play a ranked team. But he will be tested against LSU, Miss St, and Auburn in future weeks. I think Alabama is the team to beat this year, and I think Tua has a lot of hype around him, but will he continue to play this well under pressure, while playing top-ranked teams? We will just have to wait and see.
- Will Grier- Quarterback- West Virginia: Will Grier has led West Virginia to 5-0 and proved to NFL scouts that he is worthy of a top draft pick. In just 5 games, Grier has thrown for 1819 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 71.2 percent of his passes. What more can you say about that stat line? Will Grier deserves to be in this Heisman conversation. He is a player you do not want to see playing against your team.
At the end of the day, all of these players are deserving. It will have to come down to who has more memorable “Heisman Moments” and who can eventually pull away from the pack. There are some other players who are on the cusp of being in this conversation, and I do not think players like Kyler Murray, Ed Oliver, and Jonathan Taylor should be taken lightly.