After a spectacular performance in one of the early games of the year, a new player rises into the top five and all the way up to the No. 1 spot in this week’s Heisman Trophy watch.
1. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior QB | Last week: NR
LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow took his five-touchdown performance against Georgia Southern to open the season and built on it by arguably playing even better while leading his team to victory against a top-ten opponent in Texas during a primetime matchup in Austin. Burrow’s throws were on the money as the Tigers gashed the Longhorns defense, and his clutch third-down 61-yard touchdown throw to Justin Jefferson was a legit Heisman moment that essentially iced the game for LSU.
81.8% | 749 PASS YDS | 9 PASS TD | 1 INT
10 CAR | 10 YDS | 1.0 AVG
2. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 1 (-1)
As expected, Oklahoma had little trouble in their 70-14 win over South Dakota, so Jalen Hurts had a relatively brief afternoon. Before leaving, Hurts was 14/18 for 259 yards and three touchdowns while also adding another 47 yards on the ground. Hurts and the Sooners offense should again put up huge numbers this Saturday night at the Rose Bowl against UCLA.
82.9% | 591 PASS YDS | 6 PASS TD | 0 INT
24 CAR | 223 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 9.3 AVG
3. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 2 (-1)
Wisconsin also coasted to victory on Saturday—with a 61-0 thumping of Central Michigan—so Jonathan Taylor wasn’t needed for a ton of work. He still put up 102 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, and he also added three receptions for 17 yards and another score receiving. The junior running back has been more involved as a receiver this season, which will certainly help his Heisman candidacy. Taylor has eight total touchdowns through two games.
35 CAR | 237 RUSH YDS | 5 RUSH TD | 6.8 AVG
5 REC | 65 REC YDS | 3 REC TD | 13.0 AVG
4. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 4
Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide also didn’t have much trouble with their opponent, as they rolled to a 62-10 win against New Mexico State. Tagovailoa threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns, along with 33 rushing yards and another touchdown rushing. It’ll be interesting to see how long Tua keeps up his interception-less streak this season.
76.4% | 563 PASS YDS | 7 PASS TD | 0 INT
7 CAR | 48 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 6.9 AVG
5. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 5
It was close for the final spot in the top five of this week’s Heisman Watch, but Justin Fields gets the slight edge over Travis Etienne after Texas A&M did a nice job of limiting the Tigers’ rushing attack. Fields scored another four total touchdowns (two through the air, two on the ground) as Ohio State shutout Cincinnati, 42-0, to bring his touchdown total to nine after two contests.
76.0% | 458 PASS YDS | 6 PASS TD | 0 INT
21 CAR | 103 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 4.9 AVG
Clemson RB Travis Etienne (Last week: 3)
*NOTE: White Wolf is not affiliated with the Heisman Trophy. This article is a staff opinion and is not an official Heisman Trophy watch.