Two weeks in, and there is still plenty of time for the nation’s top players to make the case that they deserve the nation’s top award. Still, some are starting to separate themselves, but weather cancellations will prevent Will Grier and McKenzie Milton from competing.
Others considered: QB Eric Dungey (Syracuse), DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State), QB Kelly Bryant (Clemson), DT Ed Oliver (Houston), QB Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), QB Jake Browning (Washington), RB Nick Brossette (LSU), RB Benny Snell (Kentucky), WR A.J. Brown (Ole Miss), QB Cole McDonald (Hawaii), RB A.J. Dillon (Boston College), WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford), RB Mike Weber (Ohio State), QB Kellen Mond (TAMU), and QB Jordan Ta’amu (Ole Miss)
Dropped out: QB Trace McSorley (Penn State), QB McKenzie Milton (UCF)
10. RB Bryce Love (Stanford, Last Week #9)— The good news: Love followed up an atrocious opener with a strong, 136 yard performance against a stellar USC defense. The bad news: an injury has knocked him out of this week’s match up against UC Davis.
9. QB Brett Rypien (Boise State, Last Week NR)— Boise State has been dominant behind Rypien’s arm so far this season, but they could make a major jump if he can lead them to a win over Oklahoma State this week.
8. QB Justin Herbert (Oregon, Last Week NR)— Herbert has led the Ducks to two expected routs, and a third should come this week. He will need to accumulate big stats in PAC 12 wins to truly be relevant here.
7. QB Jarrett Stidham (Auburn, Last Week #6)—The Auburn signal caller wasn’t asked to do much against Alabama State, but the Tigers’ last Heisman- Cam Netwon- launched his campaign against LSU, which comes to town to face Stidham this week.
6. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia (Last Week #4)— Will Fromm be given an opportunity to compete for the Heisman? His passing yards place him 10th in the SEC, but he managed to complete over 83% of his passes as his team handled ranked South Carolina.
5. QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State, Last Week #7)—Haskins is top 5 in passing TDs, completion percentage, and QB rating. This week, he aims for his first signature win against TCU.
4. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (Last Week #5)— Perhaps the most hyped player to ever start 2 games, Tua begins conference play this week against an Ole Miss team that gave up 41 points to Southern Illinois.
3. QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (Last Week #3)— Despite having his least accurate outing since 2015, Murray had 3 TDs through the air and 2 on the ground. It’s early, but he looks like a dominant star for a contending team- a good Heisman recipe.
2. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Last Week #2)— An impressive 253 yard performance puts Taylor at the top of the FBS list for rushing yards. But, it was against New Mexico, and the Badgers’ snooze-fest of an early schedule diminishes the star back.
1. QB Will Grier, West Virginia (Last Week #1)— Grier guided the Mountaineers past lowly Youngstown State with another big performance, throwing for 332 yards and 4 TDs. His 1 INT provided his only blemish. The cancellation of the NC State game this week will have an effect on his chances, however.