Finally, college football feels like it’s nearly into full swing this year, so it’s time for the first Heisman Watch of the 2020 season. At this point in the season with some teams not yet in action, these rankings are a mix of preseason favorites and early game action.
1. Trevor Lawrence | Clemson QB | Junior
The hype for the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft will probably help in the Heisman Trophy race, and Trevor Lawrence tops the list as a superstar quarterback for the top-ranked team in the nation. Lawrence has completed 81.1 percent of his passes through two games, and the throws he can make are next level.
81.8% | 519 PASS YDS | 4 PASS TD
8 CAR | -22 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | -2.8 AVG
2. Travis Etienne | Clemson RB | Senior
As stated, preseason favorites were taken into account here more than usual. Travis Etienne wasn’t asked to do much against Citadel, but the senior running back will get more work throughout what looks like a more challenging ACC schedule this season.
25 CAR | 170 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 6.8 AVG
4 REC | 58 REC YDS | 14.5 AVG
3. K.J. Costello | Mississippi State QB | Senior
In Mike Leach’s first game leading Mississippi State and K.J. Costello’s first game quarterbacking for the program, all Costello and the Bulldogs did was throw for an SEC record 623 yards against the defending national champion LSU Tigers. Team success will be key, but Costello should put up massive numbers in 2020.
60.0% | 623 PASS YDS | 5 PASS TD | 2 INT
4. Kyle Trask | Florida QB | Senior
Ole Miss hung around early, but Kyle Trask (and tight end Kyle Pitts, who caught four touchdowns) caught fire for the Gators. Trask tossed six touchdowns with no interceptions while Florida hung 51 points on the Rebels.
71.4% | 416 PASS YDS | 6 PASS TD
3 CAR | 2 YDS | 0.7 AVG
5. Sam Ehlinger | Texas QB | Senior
The slow start for the Big 12 conference overall could hurt any Heisman and CFB Playoff contenders this season, but Sam Ehlinger had an early-season Heisman moment of sorts while leading Texas to a comeback victory against Texas Tech. Ehlinger has ten passing touchdowns (one rushing) and one interception through two games.
71.2% | 688 PASS YDS | 10 PASS TD | 1 INT
19 CAR | 81 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 4.3 AVG
Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Miami (FL.) QB D’Eriq King