With the first week of the college football season underway, many are already building their top fours and fives for the College Football Playoff as well as the Heisman Trophy. Even though its only week one, it’s a lot of fun to start making predictions as to who will make it to the trophy ceremony in December, as well as who will win the actual award.
Establishing a Few Good Contenders
The Heisman Trophy Award is the annual award presented to the best all-around college football player for that year. It is the most prestigious award that a college player can be given. If you win the Heisman Trophy, your name will be forever enshrined in College Football fame. Last year, Alabama running back Derrick Henry took home the award. Anticipation is high, and these are the top five players that are in line for the award.
*These rankings are solely based on performance from Week 1*
5. Jalen Hurts (BAMA)
Few people expected Jalen Hurts to have the game that he did against USC Saturday night. He came on strong early in the game and led the Crimson Tide to a crushing of USC. He went 6-11 passing for 118 yards and threw for two touchdowns and only one interception. Not an overly impressive stat line, but he played well (and nobody expected it), and he gets my #5 spot.
4. Deondre Francois (FSU)
What. A. Game. Deondre Francois led the Florida State Seminoles past the Ole Miss Rebels. Despite terrible play from his offensive line in the first have, Francois stayed in and kept grinding. And it paid off. Deondre went off posting 419 yards passing while completing thirty-three of his fifty-two attempts. He stepped up when nobody else did and it earned him a spot in my top five.
3. Greg Ward Jr. (Houston)
Greg Ward Jr. is undoubtedly one of the best quarterbacks in college football. He’s not too far behind DeShaun Watson. Greg played a phenomenal game for the Houston Cougars and led them past the Oklahoma Sooners. Ward went 23-40 while throwing for 321 yards, and two touchdowns. We’re also taking in the fact that Ward played phenomenally last year for the Cougars. He’s kept his ball rolling, and is hastily becoming one of the best in College Football.
2.Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)
Christian McCaffrey started his 2016 campaign off with a dominant performance against the Kansas State Wildcats. McCaffrey was a Heisman front-runner coming into week one, and after he posted 126 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns, he’s on his way to a Heisman Trophy. McCaffrey had an astounding 2015, and 2016 looks like it might be his year.
1. Nick Chubb (Georgia)
Nick Chubb was on his way to a Heisman Trophy in 2015 before a gruesome knee injury cut that dream short. He has since been recovering from that injury. However, nothing says welcome back like 222 yards on 32 carries. Nick also rushed for two touchdowns, one being the nail in the coffin that led to UGA’s 33-24 win over North Carolina. Chubb is back folks, and if nobody stops him, nobody, not even Christian McCaffrey, will be able to stop him from winning the 2016 Heisman Trophy.