The Heisman Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in college football, is given to the most outstanding player who has done the most to help his team. With the college football season underway, there’s a few stellar players who are very likely candidates to win it. The three top prospects include Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. These players have had outstanding performances in the first three games of the season.
Baker Mayfield is Oklahoma’s senior quarterback from Austin, TX. This season, Mayfield has thrown for 1,046 yards and a 76.8 completion percentage. He has also thrown for 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. What’s most impressive about him is his insane completion percentage as 76.8 percent is the fifth highest in the nation.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville’s junior quarterback from Pompano Beach, FL, is easily the most exciting player in college football and my personal favorite Heisman contender. After winning last year’s Heisman trophy, he has not fallen off in his level of play. The man is a walking highlight reel. He is liable to throw a touchdown pass on any play. He has already thrown 76 completions for 1088 yards with eight touchdowns, but he’s not just a passing threat. He’s also an excellent ball carrier. In three games he rushed for 303 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground. At this point in the season, he already deserves the trophy, but it is unlikely that the committee will be willing to give it to him twice in a row unless he outperforms last year’s Heisman efforts.
Saquon Barkley is the only running back in the top four Heisman candidates. Barkley is an explosive back with lots of talent. This season he has rushed for 307 yards on 38 attempts with three touchdowns. That’s about eight yards per carry, which is an impressive average. That’s almost a first-down every time he touches the ball, and any football fan knows that first-downs are necessary to win the game as they keep a team on the field and allow the offense more chances to score. Not only is Barkley a running threat, but he also can catch the ball. So far, he has 11 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns.
These three incredible players all have a very high chance to win the Heisman, and all three will probably be drafted to the NFL in due time. Hopefully, these players can keep up this level of play throughout a long and grueling season. If they can, it’ll be fun to see these players battle it out for the trophy and maybe a NCAA championship.