January 5 will be a big game for draft hopefuls and mainly quarterbacks in the NCAA. That’s what the Heisman Award has come down to, boosting the draft stock of dominant quarterbacks. This season has been a bit different, given the shortened season for many teams and the fact that some QBs have had to sit out due to COVID-19. This year, the top of the Heisman yet are quarterbacks who you expected to see there and some that you didn’t.
The presentation will be virtual this year and a month later than it typically takes place. It will be sure to boost a few players into a higher spot in the draft and make them a few more dollars down the road. Here is our list of the top Heisman Candidates before Bowl Season takes place.
Heisman Hopeful List:
Kyle Trask – Quarterback – University of Florida
Trask is the QB that came out of nowhere this year, similar to how Joe Burrow came from nowhere last year to win it. Trask has been dominant for the Gators, leading their offense to new heights. Traskbecame the first player in school history with at least three TD passes in eight consecutive games. He also set an SEC record for most touchdowns through the first six games of the season. That puts him in pretty terrific company given the talent that has come out of that conference over the last 30 years.
Mac Jones – Quarterback – Alabama
Mac Jones is a guy who didn’t necessarily turn any heads last year when Tua Tagovailoa went out for the season with an injury, but he is an Alabama quarterback, so we knew he was going to be good. Jones’ 95.5 QBR is tops in the FBS, and he has thrown for 23 touchdowns on the year. Jones is the quarterback of the number one country in the nation which will always add to the votes. He’s in the national eye week after week and to this point, he has done nothing to decrease his stock. Jones is the current betting favorite for the award.
Trevor Lawrence – Quarterback – Clemson University
If you had asked anyone before the season began, Lawrence would have been the frontrunner by a large margin. Unfortunately for the Tigers QB, he has been hurt by his absence in two different games due to COVID and the lack of strong opponents early on in the year. His odds at this point aren’t very good and he just doesn’t have enough on tape this year to make a strong push. Voting will happen by Dec. 21 so no New Year’s Six Bowl performance or CFP performance can save Lawrence.
Zach Wilson – Quarterback – BYU
Here is another guy that wasn’t expected to be on the list but has made a very strong push over the last few months. Wilson has 26 touchdowns with just two interceptions and has thrown for 2724 yards. Wilson has been excellent but he also hasn’t faced a very strong opponent at BYU still looks to find games to play.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com