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2019 Heisman Watch (Week 8)

After another top-ten win for LSU, Joe Burrow reclaims the top spot in the Heisman Trophy rankings for the middle of October.


1. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 2 (+1)

Facing a tough Florida defense, Joe Burrow was again outstanding for LSU, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns with just three incompletions. The Tigers scored 21 points in each half against the Gators, and Burrow leads a team that’s currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in the latest AP poll.


Season stats:

79.6% | 2,157 PASS YDS | 25 PASS TD | 3 INT

35 CAR | 105 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 3.0 AVG


2. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 1 (-1)

Tua Tagovailoa’s interception-less season came to an end, and he was held to under 300 yards in Alabama’s win over Texas A&M. But the junior quarterback still tossed another four touchdowns, and he has 29 total scores with just the one interception on the season. It’s surprising that Tua has not done more damage with his legs this season, but he hasn’t had to do much running around when he can instead distribute the ball to his elite weapons on the outside.


Season stats:

73.6% | 2,011 PASS YDS | 27 PASS TD | 1 INT

17 CAR | 35 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 2.1 AVG


3. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 3

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is doing plenty as a runner for the Sooners this season, as he’s by far the team’s leading rusher with 630 yards, and he’s coming off a 17-carry, 131-yard, one-touchdown performance on the ground along with 235 yards and three touchdowns passing in Oklahoma’s Red River Showdown win. It was not Hurts’ sharpest game passing, but it was another excellent performance that also included a memorable highlight play when he put the ball behind his back while escaping a sack.


Season stats:

71.5% | 1,758 PASS YDS | 17 PASS TD | 3 INT

74 CAR | 630 RUSH YDS | 8 RUSH TD | 8.5 AVG


4. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 4

Michigan State did a nice job of limiting Jonathan Taylor on the ground, but he still had 80 yards and a couple of touchdowns while adding 22 yards as a receiver. Taylor is now up to 18 total touchdowns this season, and he’ll look to have a bigger outing overall this Saturday when the Badgers face Illinois.


Season stats:

129 CAR | 825 RUSH YDS | 14 RUSH TD | 6.4 AVG

15 REC | 136 REC YDS | 4 REC TD | 9.1 AVG


5. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 5

Justin Fields and the Buckeyes were off over the weekend, but the transfer quarterback remains in the thick of the Heisman race with 26 total touchdowns in six games.


Season stats:

69.5% | 1,298 PASS YDS | 18 PASS TD | 1 INT

57 CAR | 283 RUSH YDS | 8 RUSH TD | 5.0 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.


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