When it comes to college football, there’s no bigger accolade than the Heisman Trophy. Created in 1935 to honor the best player in college football, the Downtown Athletic Club decided to name the award after the club’s director, John Heisman, after he passed away. The Heisman pose depicted on the trophy has become something of a cultural phenomenon. You’ve probably seen it – a player in full stride, leaning, football clutched to his gut, one arm out toward off phantom tacklers.
Annual debate over who the finalists will be has become something of an obsession for sports fans, one that runs concurrent with the college football season and culminates with the awarding of the trophy in early December. Who are the frontrunners’ for this year’s Heisman? We thought you’d never ask. In no particular order:
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Last year, Cook averaged 7.4 yards per carry, best in the ACC. He largely carried an anemic Seminoles offense. In order to challenge for the Heisman from a conference that includes two national title contenders (Louisville and Clemson) Cook needs to bust out some big numbers and memorable plays that receive heavy highlight film rotation on television. Florida State’s clash with rival Clemson on Oct. 29 would be a good time for Cook to stake his Heisman claim on the field.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Though he played well personally, starting out the season with a loss to upstart Houston probably didn’t do much to help Mayfield’s Heisman chances. Still, this exciting quarterback has thrown for 567 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first two games. With perennial powerhouse Ohio State coming up fast on the schedule, expect the Oklahoma quarterback to show what he can do against top flight competition.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
This combo running back/return man already holds the NCAA record for all-purpose yardage in a season (3,864). In addition, he was a Heisman finalist last year. It appears that all McCaffrey needs to do to stay in the hunt is keep doing what he always does – make PAC-12 defenses look like they’re standing in concrete. McCaffrey is the son of former NFL wide receiver, Ed Mccaffrey. Expect another Heisman nod this year.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Last year’s sub-par LSU passing attack shifted the offensive workload primarily to Fournette. Not that he minded much. With two 1,000 yard seasons under his belt and a third in the works, an improved passing game make it even easier for Fournette to keep breaking tackles all the way to the Heisman stage in New York. If the guy can stay healthy, done deal.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Probably the early favorite to claim this year’s Heisman, Deshaun Watson has last season’s laurels to rest on: a Heisman finalist selection and oh-so-close national championship. With Clemson poised to make another title run, Watson should be foremost in the minds of those who vote on the award. A slow start (three interceptions in the first two games) has let the rest of the field catch up. With most of the season in front of him, though, there is still time to light it up. Keep an eye on how the race shakes out with up-to-the-minute sports information from 5Dimes reviews.
And the 2016 Heisman Award goes to… Who the heck knows? One thing is certain. Pundits don’t fare much better than the average Joe when it comes to laying odds on these kind of things. Fortunes rise and fortunes fall as the season grinds on. Who will ultimately hoist that 25 pound trophy in the Big Apple this December? Stay tuned.