Make sure to read Heisman Watch Week 11 before reading this. Coming into week 12 we did not look to have a great slate of games ahead of us for some Heisman worthy players. Shockingly some of the games were closer than we expected. Let’s see how the final 4 Heisman worthy players performed this weekend.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Kyler Murray had himself a game this weekend vs Kansas. Altough Kansas isnt the best team the numbers Murray put up are impressive no matter what. In the 55-40 win over Kansas Murray had 272 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 99 rushing yards 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 interception.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
This loss for West Virginia definitely hurts Grier’s Heisman campaign. In the 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State Grier recorded 364 passing yards and 3 total touchdowns. Grier had a pretty good game but now with West Virginia’s playoff hopes being pretty much crushed it now puts Grier under some other possible Heisman candidates with better teams like Tua, Murray and even Haskins.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Surprisingly this game was closer than expected in the first half but after that it was all Alabama’s game. Tua lead the Crimson Tide to a 50-17 win over The Citadel with 340 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Tua and Bama take on Auburn next weekend.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
What a game this one was. This was A LOT closer than expected. Haskins showed this game that if needed he can run and make something happen. In the 52-51 OT win Haskins had 405 passing yards, 59 rushing yards, 6 total touchdowns and 1 interception. Haskins looks to be playing like how he started the season off and if one of these other names on the list can regress the next couple games Hasinks may have a shot at the Heisman.
Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
I know it is very late in the season to bring in a new name to the list but he is the man no one in college football can stop talking about and I have no idea why. Minshew is extremely overrated and only has the numbers he has because he has thrown the ball over 500 times so far this year while players like Tua have thrown the ball only 215 times and has the more touchdowns and yards per attempt than Minshew. Yes he does lead the nation in passing yards but if players like Grier, Tua and Murray threw the ball over 500 times a season they would put up far more yards than Minshew. I do not think Minshew will win the Heisman but since he has all this clout around him for some reason I do think he may possibly be invited to New York but I don’t think he deserves it.
By Andrew Kalb