We are already halfway through the college football season, and there have been some surprises. Oklahoma's tumble, 0-2 Minnesota and Penn State, and Texas is still not back. Here I am going to give my Heisman contenders list in a season full of uncertainty.
Outside looking in:
Dillon Gabriel QB UCF
Dillon Gabriel has been fantastic this year. He would definitely be in the top 5 if his defense would help him out a little bit. His best game was against Memphis, where they lost in a 49-50 shootout. Gabriel threw for 601 yards and five touchdowns and added 49 yards and another score on the ground. Gabriel is leading college football in passing yards and touchdowns with 2506 yards and 21 touchdowns. If a couple more plays went their way against Tusla and Memphis, UCF would be undefeated, and Gabriel would be in the top 5.
Kyle Trask QB Florida
Trask and the Florida offense have been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. Trask has thrown for at least four touchdowns in each of his four games this season. Trask is averaging 335 passing yards per game and has led Florida to a 3-1 record. Trask's best effort was against Ole Miss, where he threw for 416 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-35 victory for the Gators. For Trask to get into the top 5, Florida is going to have to beat Georgia this week and show out against Arkansas.
Zach Wilson QB BYU
Like Kyle Trask, Wilson has been a breakout star this year. He has led BYU to a 7-0 record, dominating teams in the process. Wilson is fourth in the FBS in passing yards with 2152 and second in touchdowns with 19. He has also contributed 150 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground to add a whole new dynamic to this offense. His best game came against Louisiana Tech, where he threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns and added 43 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground on a 45-14 victory. For Wilson to jump in the top five, BYU will have to win their last three games against Boise State, North Alabama, and San Diego State.
Breece Hall RB Iowa State
Hall has quietly been one of the best running backs in all of college football this year. He has run for over 130 yards in every game but one and has a touchdown in every game. Through 6 games, Hall has run for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns this year. His best performance came yesterday against Kansas, where he ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns. For Hall to make a jump into the top five, he will likely have to carry Iowa State to the Big 12 championship game.
DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
With Jaylen Waddle done for the year with an ankle injury, DeVonta Smith took on a much larger role. In his first game as the alpha for Alabama, Smith torched the Mississippi State secondary and had 11 receptions for 203 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-0 shutout win. Smith has caught 56 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns and will be a name that will be heard next year in the NFL. For Smith to make it in the top five, he needs to keep doing what he is doing and dominate defenses.
The Top Five:
5.Justin Fields QB Ohio State
Justin Fields has only played two games this year and would be higher on this list if he played more. This season, Fields has 594 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air. He also has a touchdown to go along with 50 yards on the ground. Fields' best game was yesterday against Penn State, where he threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns. For Fields to win the Heisman, he needs to lead Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship, roll through the rest of the Big Ten, and look fantastic in the process.
4.Travis Etienne RB Clemson
The only reason Etienne is ahead of Fields right now is that he has played in seven games, rather than two. He has run for 606 yards and nine touchdowns this year on 103 carries. While the yards per carry is low for someone who has never averaged below seven yards per carry, he has made up for it in the receiving game. Etienne has 29 receptions for 434 yards and two touchdowns, which has added a whole new dynamic to the Clemson offense. His best game came against Miami, where he ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns and added eight receptions for 73 yards through the air. For Etienne to win the Heisman, he needs to play out of his mind against Notre Dame without Trevor Lawrence. That dominance will need to continue if Etienne wants to win the Heisman Trophy.
3.Najee Harris RB Alabama
Harris has been the best running back in the nation this year. He has 714 yards and 14 touchdowns and has looked like the second coming of Derrick Henry in the process. Najee Harris has also caught 20 passes for 183 yards out of the backfield. There is no doubt Harris' best game came against Ole Miss, where he ran for 206 yards and five touchdowns in a thrilling, 63-48 victory. He is a player whose name is one you are going to hear on Sundays. For Najee Harris to win the Heisman, he needs to continue his dominance. One thing that might keep him from winning the Heiman is his quarterback, Mac Jones, who I'll get to later.
2.Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
This pick might be a controversial one, but I truly believe there is a player who has been better than Lawrence this season. Lawrence has played in six games this year and has 1833 yards and 17 touchdowns through the air, and has added four touchdowns on the ground. Lawrence's best game was against Georgia Tech, where he threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns in a 73-7 blowout victory. For Lawrence to win the Heisman, he needs to make the most out of his final few games because he is going to miss next week's top five matchup against Notre Fame.
1.Mac Jones QB Alabama
Mac Jones has been the best player in all of college football so far this season. He has played six times and has thrown for 2196 yards and 16 touchdowns, and has added a rushing touchdown on the ground. His best game came against Texas A&M where he threw for 435 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-24 blowout victory. Many people wondered what would happen to the Alabama offense without Tua, and Jones has picked them up right where they left off. Jones has to continue to lead this high-powered offense and to keep doing what he is doing.
Is there anyone I left off of this list? Let me know in the comments