We’re just two weeks into the college football season, but these players are already making their case for the most coveted award in the sport.
5. Justin Herbert
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert might have been one of the most underrated signal callers coming into the season. But teams should be taking notice. Though the opponent was Portland State, Herbert put up 250 yards on 20-26 passing and four touchdowns in a rout of the Vikings. Herbert and the Ducks take on San Jose State at home before starting out conference play against top-10 Stanford.
4. Bryce Love, Stanford
Bryce Love, last year’s Heisman runner-up, started the season with just a 29-yard performance against San Diego State, but the senior running back was back to form against USC Saturday night with 136 yards and a touchdown against the Trojans on Saturday night. Love will have a chance to put up big numbers next weekend against FCS opponent UC-Davis.
3. Kyler Murray
No Baker Mayfield? No problem for Kyler Murray, the redshirt junior quarterback for Oklahoma. Last week against UCLA, Murray threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and an extra two scores. Murray has the Sooners rolling as they get ready for conference play. If he can keep up this play, he’ll climb expert’s Heisman rankings and have the Sooners in playoff contention. Next week, Murray faces his biggest test yet at Iowa State, which has one of the best defenses in the Big 12.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tua has emerged as the starting quarterback for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, and he’s been taking advantage of it. Against Arkansas State, Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter alone, and ended up with four for the game and 228 passing yards. Next, Tua and the Tide go to Ole Miss, whom Alabama beat 66-3 a season ago.
1. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Jonathan Taylor racked up big numbers Saturday against New Mexico, rushing for 253 yards and three touchdowns. As a freshman last season, Taylor scored 13 touchdowns and 1977 yards, a mark that the Wisconsin Badger is on pace to break. Next week, Taylor and the Badgers take on BYU at home before starting their Big 10 schedule.