2018 HEISMAN TROPHY EARLY CONTENDERS
As the college football season approaches, we have put together a list of the early favorites to win this years Heisman Trophy. We remind you, this group is in no particular order.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin.
Everyone took notice when Taylor burst onto the college scene in week two of the 2017 season against Florida Atlantic. Taylor ran for 223 yards and then topped the 200 yard mark two more times that season. Taylor averaged almost seven yards per carry and finished with 1,977 yards. With his offensive line, Taylor could easily top 2,000 yards in 2018.
RB KJ Dobbins, Ohio State
We stay in the Big 10 with Buckeyes running back KJ Dobbins. Like Taylor, Dobbins was a true freshman in 2017. And like Taylor, Dobbins had a monster season with 1,403 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. If Ohio State decides to use him more often in 2018, 2,000 yards could be a possibility.
RB Bryce Love, Stanford
Yes, another running back. Love is as efficient of a running back as anyone in college football history. In 2017, Love averaged 8.1 yards per carry and rushed for over 2,000 yards. If he can stay healthy, Love could shatter several rushing records.
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Well, for the first time, we will preview a quarterback. Tagovailoa was a mop-up player most of 2017, then he started the second half of the National Championship game. He led the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory over Georgia. Now Tagovailoa is the starter, we think. If he wins the job and maintains the level of play he did against Georgia, we will see Tua in New York.
QB Trace McSorley, Penn State
Another candidate from the Big 10. McSorley will need some help in 2018 after the Nittany Lions lost RB Saquon Barkley, WR DaeSean Hamilton and OC Joe Moorehead. He will be counted on to do more this season so his numbers could be better.
QB Khalil Tate, Arizona
His offensive numbers were incredible after he took over the starting job after the fifth game of last season. Tate averaged over 200 yards rushing per game while averaging 10.0 yards per pass completion. Very few were as efficient in run production and passing efficiency in the nation. He might be better under new coach Kevin Sumlin.
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Fromm evolved during his freshman season….from a game manager to an actual quarterback down the stretch. He played extremely well against Auburn in the SEC title game, the CFB playoff game against Oklahoma and the National Championship game against Alabama.
QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Will should thank Dana Holgorson for his rise as a starting QB. Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2017. If the Mountaineers become a contender in the Big 12, Grier will be in the running.
RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
When healthy, Anderson is as good as anyone in college football. He has slowed by injuries for the first two years of his career. Over the final eight games last season, Anderson averaged 134.9 yards per game. Anderson showed what he can do with 201 yards against Georgia in the College Football Playoffs.
QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Stidham could have a monster season now that the Tigers are looking to pass the football more in 2018. Losing RB Kerryon Johnson in the running game will help the cause. Stidham will have six quality receivers to throw to.
QB Jake Browning, Washington
Browning has started 39 games for the Huskies. He struggled in 2017 after being named the PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. Browning’s TD numbers dropped from 43 to 19. He will have a new set of receivers to throw to in 2018.