Heisman Watch 2019
At #1 is Tua Tagovailoa, QB from Alabama. Tagovailoa was tremendous as a sophomore, posting numbers that would have won him the Heisman Trophy in almost any other season. Despite rarely playing in the fourth quarter he threw for over 3,996 yards, averaged 11.2 yards per attempt and threw for 43 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
Coming in at #2 is Trevor Lawrence, QB from Clemson. The highest rated quarterback prospect lived up to the hype in the first season on campus. Clemson struggled in Lawrence’s first start a 27-23 win in week 5 over Syracuse led by backup Chase Brice, then went on to win the next 10 games, including two in the College Football Playoff, by an average of 36.1 points. For the season, the Georgia native threw for 3,280 yards, averaged 8.3 yards per attempt and had a 30-to-4 TD-to-INT ratio.
Jonathan Taylor, RB from Wisconsin holds the #3 spot this week. Taylor led the nation with 2,194 yards on a 7.1- yard average while playing in an offense that struggled. Taylor, who topped 200 yards five times last season, has rushed for 4,171 yards in two seasons.
Coming in at #4 is Justin Herbert, QB from Oregon. Herbert is back for his senior season at Oregon despite reports that he would have been among the top QBs in the 2019 NFL Draft class. The Eugene native threw for 3,151 yards with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a junior.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Sam Ehlinger, QB from Texas. Ehlinger beat out Shane Buchele for the starting assignment last fall and guided the Longhorns to their first 10-win season since 2009. He was efficient as a passer with 3,292 yards and 25 TDs and ranked second among all QBs nationally with 16 rushing touchdowns.