If the 2019 Heisman Trophy race remains this close, it’s going to be an absolute headache trying to decide which player the honor should go to. There’s a new No. 1 in this week’s Heisman rankings as we enter October.
1. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 3 (+2)
After 418 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, and a rushing score in Alabama’s 59-31 win over Ole Miss, Tagovailoa is in the top spot in the Heisman watch for the first time during the regular season. Tua’s 25 total touchdowns (23 passing and zero interceptions) would be a great season for most players in the country, and he’s on pace for well over 50 touchdowns this season.
76.4% | 1,718 PASS YDS | 23 PASS TD | 0 INT
16 CAR | 45 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 2.8 AVG
2. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 2
Hurts is having an outstanding season for the Sooners, but he remains at No. 2 partly because he isn’t getting the ball into the end zone quite as much as his old teammate at Alabama. Trey Sermon and Rhamondre Stevens scored three touchdowns on the ground for Oklahoma in their blowout win against Texas Tech, but Hurts did plenty of damage on his own with 485 total yards and four total touchdowns.
77.6% | 1,295 PASS YDS | 12 PASS TD | 1 INT
47 CAR | 443 RUSH YDS | 5 RUSH TD | 9.4 AVG
3. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 1 (-2)
The bye week hurt Burrow in the Heisman race for now, but he will have plenty of opportunities to climb back up into a frontrunning position. Burrow should put up big numbers versus Utah State this Saturday.
80.6% | 1,520 PASS YDS | 17 PASS TD | 2 INT
19 CAR | 20 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 1.1 AVG
4. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 5 (+1)
After a 48-7 win versus Nebraska at Lincoln, Fields now has 23 total touchdowns (16 passing and seven on the ground) with no interceptions through five games. There’s little question Fields will have the numbers required for a Heisman winner this season, and he just needs to continue playing well while his team racks up wins.
69.8% | 1,092 PASS YDS | 16 PASS TD | 0 INT
42 CAR | 222 RUSH YDS | 7 RUSH TD | 4.8 AVG
5. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 4 (-1)
Taylor drops one spot in this week’s Heisman watch, but he had another very good game, with 119 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in Wisconsin’s win versus Northwestern. The star running back might put up numbers that more closely resemble something you’d see in a video game this Saturday against Kent State.
84 CAR | 559 RUSH YDS | 8 RUSH TD | 6.7 AVG
9 REC | 85 REC YDS | 3 REC TD | 9.4 AVG
*NOTE: White Wolf is not affiliated with the Heisman Trophy. This article is a staff opinion and is not an official Heisman Trophy watch.