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2018 Heisman Watch (Week 5)

Another exceptional performance puts Tua Tagovailoa near the top of the Heisman Trophy watch heading into the last weekend of September.


1. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Sophomore | Last week: 1

He didn’t score in the win, but Jonathan Taylor had another 100-yard effort in Wisconsin’s hard-fought primetime win against Iowa. Taylor is already up to 628 yards through four games this season, and he should continue to get a heavy workload for the Badgers. The sophomore running back should get plenty of opportunities in a couple weekends against Nebraska.


Season stats:

102 ATT | 628 YDS | 6.2 AVG | 5 TD

5 REC | 20 YDS | 4.0 AVG


2. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: NR

Tua Tagovailoa owns a stellar 12:0 TD/INT ratio, along with two rushing scores, and his play on the field has been every bit as good as the numbers indicate. Tagovailoa puts nearly every pass right on the money, spreading the ball to his athletic playmakers. He’s averaging 12.9 yards per attempt.


Season stats:

72.5% | 1,033 YDS | 12 TD

18 ATT | 103 YDS | 5.7 AVG | 2 TD


3. Trace McSorley | Penn State QB | RS Senior | Last week: 2

Most Heisman Trophy seasons have a “Heisman moment”, and Trace McSorley has a big opportunity for that type of moment when Penn State faces Ohio State in Happy Valley this Saturday night. McSorley’s 14 total touchdowns matches Tua Tagovailoa’s total through four games.


Season stats:

54.2% | 764 YDS | 8 TD | 2 INT

41 ATT | 235 YDS | 5.7 AVG | 6 TD


4. Dwayne Haskins | Ohio State QB | RS Sophomore | Last week: 3

One the other side, Dwayne Haskins has an opportunity of his own for a Heisman moment. If Haskins can play as well as he has to this point, while leading the Buckeyes to a win in Happy Valley, he would likely vault up to the No. 1 spot in everyone’s Heisman rankings. Haskins already had 16 passing touchdowns this season, but he’ll face his toughest test so far on Satuday night.


Season stats:

75.7% | 1,1194 YDS | 16 TD | INT

10 ATT | 28 YDS | 2.8 AVG | TD


5. Will Grier | West Virginia QB | Senior | Last week: 4

After an off week because of Hurricane Florence, West Virginia got back to action and slung the ball around in a blowout victory against Kansas State. Will Grier threw five touchdowns and two interceptions in the win, and he’s already up to 14 passing touchdowns through just three games. Grier’s numbers will obviously be near the top of the leaderboards this season.


Season stats:

74.7% | 1,117 YDS | 14 TD | 3 INT


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