Jonathan Taylor had a week off but still tops the 2018 Heisman Trophy Watch heading into October.
1. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Sophomore | Last week: 1
Off last weekend, Wisconsin’s star running back could be in store for a heavy workload this weekend against Nebraska. A 200-yard performance is a legit possibility, and Taylor is already up to 628 rushing yards through just four games this season.
102 ATT | 628 YDS | 6.2 AVG | 5 TD
5 REC | 20 YDS | 4.0 AVG
2. Trace McSorley | Penn State QB | RS Senior | Last week: 3
Penn State lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State in Trace McSorley’s first ever home loss as the starter, but McSorley was clearly the best player on the field that night. While a win certainly would have been a big boost in the Heisman race, a loss shouldn’t do much to harm his chances. It’s a shame the ball wasn’t put in his hands on Penn State’s final offensive play.
53.2% | 1,050 YDS | 10 TD | 2 INT
66 ATT | 410 YDS | 6.2 AVG | 6 TD
3. Dwayne Haskins | Ohio State QB | RS Sophomore | Last week: 4
It wasn’t the prettiest performance of Dwayne Haskins’ career, but he toughed it out in a whiteout and helped lead Ohio State to a comeback victory. Haskins is clearly among the top Heisman Trophy candidates in the nation heading into the second month of the season.
70.8% | 1,464 YDS | 19 TD | 2 INT
14 ATT | 36 YDS | 2.6 AVG | TD
4. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: 2
Alabama is rolling over people, which is giving Tua Tagovailoa less opportunities to put up numbers than he otherwise would. Tagovailoa was a perfect 8-for-8 with a couple of scores in the Crimson Tide’s blowout win over the weekend.
75.0% | 1,161 YDS | 14 TD
20 ATT | 115 YDS | 5.8 AVG | 2 TD
5. Kyler Murray | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: NR
Kyler Murray leapfrogs Will Grier for a top-five spot in the Heisman Trophy Watch. Grier continues to play great, but Murray’s six-touchdown performance after sitting out the first series is tough to ignore. Murray is averaging an absurd 13.4 yards per attempt and already has 21 total touchdowns this season.
70.6% | 1,460 YDS | 17 TD | 3 INT
46 ATT | 285 YDS | 6.2 AVG | 4 TD