With 5 weeks in the books now, this seasons contenders are starting to shoot towards the top of the rankings. With that, comes the coveted race for the Heisman trophy where four players have propelled themselves ahead of the field: Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, and Justin Fields.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tagovailoa has shown his dominance once more this year with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He’s put up 1,718 yards with 23 touchdowns and no interceptions. He picked up right where he left off last year. The only downside is that Alabama hasn’t really played anyone that could test Tagovailoa’s abilities. That will be changing very shortly though.
2. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Remember when everyone said that Hurts couldn’t throw? That didn’t really age well. So far he’s put up 1,295 yards through the air while adding 12 touchdowns and throwing just one interception. He’s also getting it done on the ground too with 443 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns this year. Hurts had quite a bit to prove this year after transferring from Alabama, but he has most definitely silenced any and all doubters with his tremendous level of play in the Big 12.
3. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
What more is there to say other than this guy knows how to win football games. With 1,520 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions, he is a man on a mission this year. He catapulted himself into the Heisman conversation after one of the biggest games of the year in Austin against the Longhorns and he is not going anywhere anytime soon. If he can take down the the mighty Alabama in their SEC showdown in November, there is no question his name will be at the top of this list.
4. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
I bet Georgia wishes they could’ve held onto this kid now. It’s not easy transferring as a freshman to a new program. It’s even harder to win a starting spot at that new program, but Fields did it at Ohio State and they are loving him. Bolstering 1,092 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions, Ohio State looks they haven’t lost a step since the departure of Urban Meyer. If Fields can keep up this level of play against some of the tough B1G 10 teams he has to go through, there is no reason he won’t be one of the 3 invited to New York.
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