We’re officially halfway through the college football regular season, and that means it’s time to commence the Heisman watch. This year, the Heisman race is tighter than usual. We’ve got quite a few players looking for the most coveted individual prize in college football, all of them with even shots.
Tua Tagovailoa — QB, Alabama
After an incredible sophomore season, the best player on the best team in the country has been off to a scorching first half of the 2019-20 CFB season. The QB, who is the reigning Maxwell Award winner, has recorded over 2,000 passing yards, 27 TDs, and only one INT throughout seven games. He is 100 percent our No.1 guy. While ‘Bama has only played a single ranked opponent, No. 24 Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide beat them with ease. With games against LSU, Mississippi State, and Auburn in their next six games, the hardest part of their schedule has yet to come.
Joe Burrow — QB, LSU
Joe Burrow has been playing out of his mind. The redshirt senior who transferred to LSU from Ohio State this past offseason for more playing time, has made the most of his new opportunities. With 2,157 passing yards, 25 TD’s, and only three picks, his air mileage stats are incredible, and he has lit up the SEC. Stats aside, Burrow has also led the now No. 2 ranked Tigers to two top 10 wins. With the first coming in Week 2 over Texas and the second over Florida in Week 5, Burrow has been consistent in big games — which is what you want from your starting QB.
Jonathan Taylor — RB, Wisconsin
Jonathan Taylor has almost single handedly carried the Wisconsin Badgers’ offense this season and might just lead them to the Big Ten Championship game this year. The junior from Salem, NJ has finally been receiving Heisman-level recognition for his achievements. He won the 2018 Doak Walker Award for best RB in the country. He’s recorded 825 rushing yards on 129 carries, 14 TD’s, and zero fumbles lost. He’s also snagged 136 receiving yards on 15 catches, with four TDs. Simply put, he’s been a monster. If Taylor stays in school for his senior season, he is on pace to break other legendary Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne’s career CFB rushing yards total of 7,125 yards. Taylor’s in good company in Madison, and he might just be their best ever.
Justin Fields — QB, THE Ohio State University
Justin Fields. Oh how he proved the critics wrong. Before this season, he was known for an awful fake punt in the SEC Championship game for Georgia last year. After a year of sitting on the bench, only to be left out to dry by a terrible play call, he decided to transfer. He picked Ohio State. With a need at QB, Ohio State has embraced his skillset including a very strong arm and an unrivaled big play mentality. Fields has definitely put on a show this year. He’s thrown for only 1,298 yards, but with 18 TD’s and only one pick, I don’t think anyone is batting an eye. He’s also recorded 283 rushing yards on 57 carries, eight TD’s, and zero fumbles lost. He’s lit up opposing defense’s en route to a 6-0 start for the Buckeyes, but he’s only doing the work on offense. This leads us to our final player…
Chase Young — DE, THE Ohio State University
What a year Chase Young has had. He’s been the soul of the Buckeyes’ unstoppable defense, and there’s been no slowing him down. The junior from Hyattsville, MD has flown up NFL draft boards in recent weeks. He’s almost a lock to be a top three pick in the upcoming picks. He’s recorded 14 solo tackles, leads all Division I players with 8.5 sacks in six games, and has one forced fumble as well. He’s on pace to come close to Terrell Suggs’ unbelievable 24 sacks in a single season. As a pass rusher, his value is incredibly high, and so will be his expectations in the NFL. But if there’s anyone who can live up to the hype, it’s Chase Young.