Make sure to read Heisman Watch Week 4 before you read this. Week 5 was a great week of games giving some top Heisman candidates a chance to show their true talent against some top tier competition. Let’s take a look at how some of the top candidates performed this weekend.
Trace Mcsorley, QB, Penn State
Mcsorley and the Nittany Lions took a tough loss this week but it was not just to any team. Mcsorley put up 286 passing yards 175 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. These stats are so impressive especially doing it against arguably the best defense in the nation.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
This game was a great QB dual having 2 Heisman candidates face each other in an amazing atmosphere. For Haskins the white out atmosphere was not in his favor but that did not affect him. Haskins recorded 270 passing yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Both QBs in this game put on great performances but Haskins and the Buckeyes came out on top.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
This man is a human cheat code, he is the closest thing i’ve seen to prime Mike Vick. Murray had a HUGE game this weekend putting up 432 passing yards and 7 total touchdowns. Yes 7 touchdowns, Murray is electric to watch I would be on the lookout for this kid to break some records this year.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Much like Murray, Grier has been putting up huge numbers this year. Although the Mountaineers have played one less game than everyone else this year Grier still has some comparable numbers to other top QBs. This week vs Texas Tech Grier listed 370 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tua didn’t put up any crazy stats this week but he still had a solid game. In the 56-14 win Tua had 128 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
I have always said Love is overrated and I think everyone is finally seeing it. Love has had no Heisman worthy games this year, this week he only had 73 yards and 1 touchdown. Love is slowly falling out of Heisman contention with games like these.
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm is a great QB but this season he does not look to have the Heisman worthy numbers so far. Fromm was my pick to win the Heisman but as of now it doesn’t look like he has the numbers. I’m not saying Fromm is bad but in order to win the Heisman you have to have amazing numbers and as of now Fromm just doesn’t have them.
Deandre Swift, RB, Georgia
A new name on this series, Swift has made his way to Heisman watch this week after a great performance vs Tennessee. Swift had 2 touchdowns but only 50 rushing yards. Swift is a great back but Georgia’s backfield is so talented that Swift has to share carries with 2 other backs. If he was on another team I think he would be comparable to running backs like Johnathan Taylor and Bryce Love.
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky
Another new name on this list, Snell has been carrying Kentucky so far this season to a great 5-0 start. Snell had 99 yards and 1 touchdown this week vs South Carolina. Expect to hear more out of this kid.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Really nothing to say about Taylor this week since Wisconsin was on a bye and takes on Nebraska next week.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver was also on a bye this week and takes on Tulsa next week.
After 5 weeks this is how my top 3 looks as of now.
1 – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
2 – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
3 – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Haskins has moved up to the favorite as of now after a huge performance and a big win in Happy Valley this week. No other player has had to face an atmosphere like that thus far and some players won’t ever face atmosphere like that in their career. Grier continues to put up huge stats and will continue throughout the whole season. Murray with 7 touchdowns this week puts him back on the top 3 this week.
By Andrew Kalb