On January 5, a Heisman Trophy will be given to the top player in the nation whether or not we all agree on it. On December 21, all those voting for the Heisman Trophy will submit their votes and that will be that. This has turned into an award that is dominated by quarterbacks and devalues the other positions on the field. While I don’t necessarily agree that a quarterback should always win the award, I understand why it is most often awarded to one. This year, I’m not sure the case can be made for the best quarterback to win but we’ll break it down for you anyways.
The Betting Favorite: Mac Jones – Alabama – QB
Mac Jones is the quarterback for the best college football team in the nation. Jones has stepped up this season and turned into one hell of a quarterback, there is no denying that. What may be crazy to realize is that a win from Jones would make him the only Alabama QB to ever win the Heisman. He ended the season with 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions while engineering one of the most successful offenses in the game. Winning over Florida in the SEC Championship was pretty much Jones’ Heisman Moment.
Running Second: Kyle Trask – Florida – QB
Kyle Trask looked like he had this award in the bag just a few weeks ago but a truly brutal loss to LSU followed by a loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship has really hurt his odds. Trask never had his big moment which is not a good look. He led the NCAA in passing yards this season and touchdown passes, ending with 43 scores. He set SEC records this season but it may not have been enough.
Honorable Mention: DeVonta Smith – Alabama – WR
This refreshing option that isn’t a quarterback isn’t going to win the award but it is fun to dream. Smith has run rampant past secondaries for the Crimson Tide this season and has been the favorite target of Mac Jones. With over 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns, this is an insane performance by a wide receiver and one of the reasons this Alabama team has been so hard to beat.
Longshot: Trevor Lawrence – Clemson – QB
No one was hurt more by the COVID season than Trevor Lawrence. After having to skip out on two games, including one against Notre Dame that could have padded Lawrence’s resume, the former Heisman favorite is now barely in the conversation. There isn’t enough of Lawrence to go by in 2020 and his stats can’t compare after the time that he has sat out. Lawrence will be the one laughing next April when he is taken first overall but the Heisman isn’t his.
Our Wishful Pick – Najee Harris – Alabama – RB
Anytime a player scores over five touchdowns with over 245 total yards in a championship game, I am sold. Najee Harris has truly been the most dominant offensive player in college football this season. He became Alabama’s All-Time leading rusher and has the most touchdowns in Bama history. Pretty impressive. He ended the year with over 1200 rushing yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com