5 Mid-Season Heisman Contenders
By: Tony Thomas October 16, 2019
Here is a look at 5 players who at mid-season are making a serious run at the Heisman Trophy:
1 Sr. Joe Burrow, LSU: Burrow has led the Tigers to a #2 national ranking after 6 games, throwing for 2157 yards and 25 TDs and 3 INTs. With an 80% completion rate, Burrow ranks #2 nationally in passing. Burrow and the Tigers will face Alabama on November 9th. A Burrow-led victory for the Tigers (0-8 vs Bama) could be the deciding factor if Burrow becomes the first Heisman winner from LSU in 60 years?
2. Jr. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: Tua has passed for 2011 yards and 27 TDs and just 1 INT. He has completed 74% of his passes and ranks #3 nationally, while helping to lead the Crimson Tide to #1 in the AP Poll. A potential showdown with LSU looms near (November 9th) and that game will be the litmus test for Tua.
3. Sr. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma: Hurts has accounted for 1758 yards, 17 TDs, and 3 INTs, while completing 72% of his passes. He has also has rushed for 630 yards and 8 TDs, averaging 8.5 yards a carry. Will Hurts be the 3rd consecutive Sooner QB to win the Heisman?
4. So. Justin Fields, Ohio State: Fields transferred from Georgia and has lived up to the hype, so far, helping to lead the Buckeyes to #4 in the AP Poll. He has passed for 1298 yards and 18 TDs and only 1 INT and is completing 70% of his passes. He has also rushed for 283 yards and 8 TDs. Could Fields be the first Buckeye QB to win the Heisman since Troy Smith in 2006?
5. Jr. Johnathan Taylor, Wisconsin: Taylor has helped the Badgers to the #6 ranking in the AP Poll and has rushed for 825 yards and 14 TDs, averaging 6 yards a carry. He also has 136 receiving yards and 4 TDs. Taylor averages 160 all-purpose yards per game. Will Taylor be the third Badger player and the first since Ron Dayne in 1999 to win the award?
There is still a lot of football left to be played, but these 5 players have performed at a high level consistently so far this season and appear to be getting better with each passing week.
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