Heisman Watch: Week 1

After every weekend i will give my takeaways from how each big name player in the running for the Heisman performed and how there chances to win the trophy look. So after a long awaited week 1 we have many takeaways from so many different big name players. With this series of blogs running all the way until the winner is named in December this one will have many new names you may have never heard of. When it becomes closer to the end of the season the list of names will get shorter and shorter due to injuries, team performance or anything else that goes into winning the award. With that being said let’s get into how the favorites performed and some dark horse names.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Taylor had a statement game against WKU on Friday night with 2 touchdowns and 145 rushing yards. Although WKU isn’t the best opponent he still put up some big numbers. Be on the lookout for more performances like this one for Taylor in weeks to come.

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Moore is a true freshman and someone you may have never heard about. After his first game at Purdue you should get used to hearing this game more often after putting up 109 receiving yards 79 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. It is unlikely that Moore will beat out the big names for the award but its week 1 so who knows.

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Similar to Rondale Moore you probably have never heard this name before but Love almost pulled off a huge upset in East Lansing on Friday night. Although Love had 0 touchdowns he had 319 passing yards and was completely controlled the game throughout it all. For a QB of a team like Utah State to have so much control over the game against a team like Michigan State means this man has tons of potential.

Mckenzie Milton, QB, UCF

Milton actually does have some potential to win the award even though he doesn’t play in a power 5 conference he still puts up some crazy numbers that are worthy enough to earn him some respect. Last year he led UCF to an undefeated season and this season he starts the year off against UCONN with 346 yards and 5 touchdowns. So unlike the last 2 players i just talked about Milton does have some real potential to win the trophy.

Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

Coming into this year Love was considered the common favorite for the award but after his performance against San Diego State that may have changed. Love had 18 carries for 29 yards. Bad look for Love to put up such bad numbers against such a weak opponent like the Aztecs. In my opinion i believe Love will bounce back but in the end this game will be held against him when being compared to other heisman candidates.

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Being a Michigan fan this is very hard to write about but i still gotta respect his talent and boy does he have tons of it. Haskins put up some huge numbers in a 77-31 (wow) win against Oregon State. His stats are as follows: 313 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Haskins is likely to consistently put up numbers like this in weeks to follow.

Trace Mcsorley, QB, Penn State

Mcsorley had an ok game against Appalachian state where he should have put up almost double his stats. The Nittany Lions almost lost this game which is also not a big help to Mcsorley but I think Mcsorley will bounce back.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray is replacing Baker Mayfield in Oklahoma and he looks very similar to Baker. Baker also being a heisman winner may give Murray an advantage since he was his backup for a year so he probably was taught many things from Baker. Murray had 209 yards and 2 touchdowns leading the Sooners to a 63-14 win over FAU.

Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

Patterson put on a disappointing performance in South Bend with 227 yards 0 touchdowns 1 interception and 1 fumble lost. Granted Notre Dame looks like they will be a great team this year but Patterson really had to play his best game and he clearly did not.

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

WOW. This man is just amazing to watch. Grier had 429 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. I would expect to see similar numbers from Grier throughout the whole season.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tua is officially now QB1 in Tuscaloosa and boy did he show why he is considered the heisman favorite. Tua had 227 passing yards and 3 total touchdowns in his first game as a starter.

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Although Oliver is not an offensive player he still has his chances at the heisman. This week wasn’t Olivers biggest week but he still had 13 total tackles vs Rice. Oliver will have more of a chance to prove he is heisman worthy next week when Houston takes on Arizona.

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

No surprise in this game from Georgia. Fromm led the Bulldogs to a 45-0 win against Austin Peay while putting up 157 passing yards and 2 touchdowns I think there will be more where this came from in weeks to come for Fromm so be on the lookout to hear his name on  saturdays.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Well this was kinda a shock since Kelly Bryant is the starter of Clemson but after Clemson was winning by a good amount Dabo Swinney put freshmen Trevor Lawrence into the game and he performed. Lawrence had 137 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bryant is likely still the starter but Lawrence did shock some people today having such a great game in only his first college game.

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Stidham was not much talked about this offseason and in my opinion he really should have been, I believe he is the most underrated QB in the nation. He put up good numbers and led his team to a victory over the 6th ranked team in the nation so after that you gotta give the kid some respect. In Auburn’s win Stidham had 273 yards and 1 touchdown.

Cole McDonald, QB, Hawai’i

Hawai’i is one of the teams who played in the week 0 games so McDonald has 2 games under his belt so far and he looks to be great. In 2 games he has 9 passing touchdowns 846 passing yards 96 rushing yards 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 wins. McDonald may not be a big name but he certainly is putting up big numbers.

By Andrew Kalb


  1. D’Andre Swift for Heisman?

    Even though he just had a rough game Deondre Francois is a candidate for Heisman?

    Thoughts on if you think Justin Fields will start at any point this season?


    1. dandre swift is a great player but the heisman is ultimately a quarterbacks award so swift will most likely be out shined by fromm.
      in my opinion Francois is not as good as everyone thinks he is especially coming off an injury and after the showing against virginia tech he will have to be more than amazing to get back into the heisman conversation.
      Fields is a great quarterback but to beat out fromm is a very hard task to do unless an injury occurs at some point i don’t think fields will be starting any time this season


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