Heisman Watch Conference Championship Week

Make sure to read Heisman Watch Week 13 before reading this. This will be the final Heisman Watch of the season as there will be no more games after this weekend until bowl season. The Heisman Finalists will be named December 3rd and will most likely be the 4 players that you will shortly read about. This year’s Heisman Trophy presentation will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. this Friday December 8th. Not all 4 players left on this list played this weekend but let’s see how the rest of these Heisman hopefuls performed this weekend.

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Grier and West Virginia unfortunately did not play this weekend as they did not make the Big 12 championship. Grier finished the year with a 67% passing %, 3,864 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, 3 rushing touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray has successfully lead the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and possibly a playoff berth. In the Big 12 championship Murray recorded 379 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Murray finished the regular season with 70.6% passing %, 3,674 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, 853 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and 7 interceptions

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Coming into this weekend it pretty much looked like the Heisman was already Tua’s but after this performance in the SEC championship i’m not so sure he deserves this award. On Saturday afternoon vs #4 Georgia Tua recorded 164 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Granted he did leave the game early with an injury but before he left he was not playing any good still. Tua finishes the year with a 70.3% passing %, 3,189 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 211 rushing yards , 5 rushing touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins put on a show in Indy vs Northwestern. Unfortunately for him this performance isn’t going to put him over the top to win the award but he will definitely be invited to New York. In the B1G TEN Championship Haskins put up 499 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns and 1 interception. Haskins finished the year with a 69% passing %, 4,081 passing yards, 42 passing touchdowns, 127 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

A few weeks ago it looked like this was clearly Tua’s award but as I took a closer look at the stats this year I believe this Heisman race is closer than some may think. Kyler Murray has very similar stats to Tua and with the performances each of them had in their respective conference championship game I think Kyler has an advantage on Tua. I clearly have no say in who wins the award but this is my prediction on who will win the award and the order of the finalists.

Coming in at the 4th finalist spot I have Will Grier, a great season for him but it’s just not comparable to the 3 players ahead of him. 3rd place i think will be Dwayne Haskins, He broke Drew Brees B1G TEN single season touchdown record but that won’t be enough to dethrone Tua or Kyler. Clearly the top 2 are Murray and Tua and a couple weeks ago I did say that Tua had this award pretty much locked up but this weekend vs Georgia he just did not play to his potential on the biggest stage he’s had all year. Heisman winners don’t perform like that in big time games so the runner up spot will go to Tua tagovailoa and the Heisman winner will be Kyler Murray.

By Andrew Kalb

 

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