Make sure to read Heisman Watch Week 9 before reading this. This week was one of the most important weeks of the season for many teams in the hunt for the playoffs. With these big games this week it called for the star players of the nation to show off their stuff and see just how good they really are. The season is now slowly coming to a close which means the Heisman race will also be slowly coming to a close. The past couple weeks have been the same couple of names but after this week you will no longer see some names on this list. The names that will be removed from the list are players who I believe no longer have a shot at the trophy. With this being said lets see whos still in the race after week 10 and whos not.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Murray showed up when the Sooners needed it this weekend and he showed up in a big way. In the win over Texas Tech Murray recorded 460 total yards, 4 total touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier lead his team to a huge win this weekend over Texas. In the win over Texas Grier recorded 346 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. After the loss to Iowa State Grier and the Mountaineers have really stepped it up and hopefully can keep it rolling.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tua is one of the few stars that will be in the Heisman conversion for the rest of the year no matter how he performs the rest of the year. This week was Tua’s first real test this season as Alabama’s starting QB. Tua went into Death Valley and showed everyone just how good he is putting up 295 passing yards, 3 total touchdowns and his 1st interception of the year.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Wisconsin started the year #4 and are now unranked, just like his own team Taylor started the year as a top Heisman favorite and in my opinion he is now out of the race. I know Taylor had a great game this weekend vs Rutgers with 3 touchdowns and 208 rushing yards, but let’s be honest it’s Rutgers who cant put up 200 rushing yards against them? With this being said Taylor is now out of the Heisman race.
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky
Snell did not have an amazing performance against Georgia but he still found his way into the endzone and recorded 73 rushing yards. This could have definitely been a worse performance against a team like Georgia but this still wasn’t a great performance. Snell is tip toeing the line of Heisman conversation or not and one more bad game will put him off the edge but as of now he will stay on the list.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Haskins is one of the few players who have solidified themselves in the Heisman talk this year after such a dominate start to the season. In the win over Nebraska Haskins recorded 252 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm helped lead his team to secure a spot in the SEC championship this weekend vs Kentucky. In the win Fromm had 113 passing yards and 1 touchdown. These aren’t really great numbers for someone competing for the Heisman but its still an ok outing for a QB. With Fromm being my pre-season Heisman pick I hate to say this but one more bad game will kick him out of my Heisman list.
Trace Mcsorley, QB, Penn State
The Michigan defense was just too much for Penn State and Mcsorley to handle. I mean Michigan is very very good but to be a Heisman candidate these are the games you gotta perform in. Mcsorley was 5/13 on passing attempts, had only 83 passing yards and 1 interception. These stats are not going to get you the Heisman trophy and now after this performance Mcsorley is out of the Heisman race.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver is the only defensive player on the list and after this week there will be no defensive players on the list. Oliver had been fighting injuries all year long and he just doesn’t have the defensive stats to compete with the top tier players in the nation. So in my opinion Oliver is now out of the Heisman race
Now with many people falling off the list this week this is how the top 3 looks after week 10.
1 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
2 – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
3 – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
This final 3 is the exact same as last week so there really is nothing much to say about it other than this final 3 will most likely stay the same the rest of the way unless one of them falls off or gets injured or another name really turns up the last couple weeks.
By Andrew Kalb