Early Favorites to Win the 2019 Heisman Trophy

  1. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, University of Alabama

Going into the past season, I had Tagovailoa winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy and he was the front runner for most of the season. Unfortunately, he finished second place to Oklahoma’s quarterback, Kyler Murray. This year provided he stays healthy, I have him as the favorite to take the trophy home.

  1. Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson University

Absolutely no one (maybe a few people) expected Trevor Lawrence to come in as a true freshman and take the starting quarterback spot away from senior Kelly Bryant, as well as lead Clemson to a 15-0 undefeated season, ending with Clemson destroying Alabama in the National Championship game. This year, the expectations are high for Lawrence as he is expecting to lead Clemson back to the College Football Playoffs and the National Championship game. Returning to the Tigers alongside Lawrence is running back Travis Etienne and a wide-receiver corps featuring WR Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Expect Lawrence to a Heisman finalist in December.

  1. Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, University of Oklahoma

What a career it has been for Jalen Hurts. Hurts came in as a freshman and was one second and a Deshaun Watson touchdown away from leading the University of Alabama to a national championship victory. He then led Alabama to another National Championship game and played three-quarters until then-freshman quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, took over and led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship victory. Coming into this past offseason, Hurts had the chance to start at quarterback, but head coach Nick Saban decided to roll with Tagovailoga at quarterback and Hurts as the backup. For much of the year, he serves as the backup, always coming in when Alabama had a huge lead. Then, when Bama needed him the most, he was there for them. Trailing 21 to 28 in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship, Bama had just lost Tagovailoa to a foot injury. Hurts came into the game and ultimately led Bama to 35 to 28 comeback victory and secure their spot in the College Football Playoffs. That would be the last time Hurts shine in a Bama uniform. Recently, Jalen Hurts decided it was time for him to transfer as he enters the transfer portal. Ultimately, he decided to transfer to the University of Oklahoma, the school which produced the last two Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. If he can put up the numbers that Mayfield and Murray put up during their individual seasons and lead Oklahoma to another Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoffs Appearance, look for Hurts to be in the conversation for the Heisman later in this season.

  1. Shea Patterson, Quarterback, University of Michigan

A quarterback who could have forgo his senior season, but decided to come back was Michigan’s quarterback Shea Patterson. Now, one might wonder why I have Shea Patterson as a Heisman contender, but Patterson had shown glimpse why he should be on this list. If Patterson put up huge numbers, finally lead Michigan past Ohio State, and get them inside the College Football playoffs, he could definitely be a Heisman finalist in December.

 

  1. D’Andre Swift, Running-back, University of Georgia

Over the past few years, Georgia has produced a lot of good running backs who have been the engines of their teams. With the likes of Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel, D’Andre Swift will follow in their footsteps as the next great Georgia running back. With Elijah Holyfield off to the NFL draft, Swift should be the focal point in Georgia’s backfield as he will look to get more carries. Swift is a third-down back and could change a game in one play. If Swift has the type of season that Todd Gurley was beginning to have when he was the front runner for the Heisman and before he got injured, he could be a Human Finalist in December.

  1. Travis Etienne, Running-back, Clemson University

Returning for his junior year alongside quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne burst on to the scene and introduced himself to the whole world in the National Championship game against Alabama. Etienne is one of the nation’s most explosive running backs. He enters his junior campaign ranked first in school history in career yards per carry, and career points per game. If Etienne has another huge and successful season and is the reason that Clemson is doing good, he could sneak his way into the Heisman’s conversation.

  1. Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State University

Fields finally get his opportunity to start at quarterback due to the decision to transfer from the University of Georgia to Ohio State University. With Dwayne Haskins off to the NFL and the Tate Martell transfer to Miami, this looks like Fields’ starting spot to lose. Fields, a five-star quarterback and the #1 dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school last year, is a very dynamic athlete who will get to shine in Ryan Day’s offense. If he can show everyone his true skill sets while putting up big numbers and get Ohio State into the CFP, Fields will definitely have a chance to win the Heisman.

  1. Justin Herbert, Quarterback, University of Oregon

Injuries derailed Herbert’s 2018 season, but he looks to bounce back as he returns for his senior season in Eugene, Oregon. Herbert surprise a lot of people, including myself when he opted to return to school. Many NFL scouts consider Herbert to be the number one quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, provided he entered the draft. With the help of his supporting cast, Herbert has the experience, athleticism and a huge arm capable of putting up huge stats in 2019. If he put up huge numbers and lead Oregon to a playoff berth, he could surprise everyone when he ends up winning the Heisman in December.

Notable other contenders who could compete for the Heisman Trophy:

QB Tate Martell, Miami Hurricanes

RB Najee Harris, Alabama Crimson Tide

QB Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs

QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas Longhorns

QB Kelly Bryant, Missouri Tigers

QB K.J Costello, Stanford Cardinals

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