This years Heisman Trophy race was thought to be won weeks and weeks ago. But with the arrival of new names and the downfall of one. That race doesn’t seem so clear cut any more. Especially with the number of additions there has been to the list over the past month or so. So let’s get down to the guys who have a shot at this illustrious trophy.
Derrick Henry has come on strong over the last month. He upstaged Leonard Fournette earlier this season, and just recently out gained the entire Auburn offense. Henry is a guy a lot of NFL teams will look at and lick their chops. Yes he’s a pro typical Alabama back like Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson. He could be the favorite right now to take home the trophy.
Speaking of Leonard Fournette, we all said he was the winner through about mid-October. But since then, he almost fell off the face of the earth. It’s not Fournettes fault, LSU’s offense has pretty much run dry. Fournette is still very much in the running.
Christian McCaffrey has in my opinion come out of nowhere. The Stanford product has shown he has the stuff to really win the crown. Son of former NFL star Ed McCaffrey, this kid proved against Notre Dame his talent is no joke. He needs a big Pac-12 title game to have a shot at winning it.
Deshaun Watson, I think is the dark horse of the race. A lot of people really haven’t recognized what Watson has done this season. And I for one would love to see Clemson QB perhaps steal this. The last two weeks, Foster has almost stolen the show with epic performances. He could steal it with a big performance against a stout North Carolina defense in the ACC title game.
Now a name not getting recognition is Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma quarterback has come on strong with great performances in big games. What hurts is the second half concussion against TCU. If he played that entire game then he’s even higher on the list. Mayfield will be making money on Sunday’s soon, but no Big 12 title game in my eyes really hurts him. He doesn’t have the extra game that Watson, Henry and McCaffrey have.
The biggest long shots are Trevone Boykin and Corey Coleman. Coleman is the best WR in the game but won’t see the light because of his position. Boykin basically fell off due to injury and consistency all season long.
A name that would have been there if he wasn’t to get dismissed from his team was Will Grier. The Florida QB was having a stellar year until his dismissal. Really stinks that we lost his talent. He could have really had a showdown with Henry in the SEC title game.
One other name that could have made the list was Nick Chubb. Chubb was having an unreal season but due to a terrible knee injury, he was sidelined for the year. Chubb was an unreal running talent for Georgia, his loss derailed the Bulldogs. Hopefully Chubb is back next year.
Who do I want to win? I would really like to see Watson take it home. But he needs to WOW the voters against Carolina. The favorite is Henry, it’s almost in his grasps. It’s too bad Fournette dropped off but he will be back next year. But don’t count out McCaffrey, he could steal the show. It’s really going to be a wild finale to the Heisman race.