It’s difficult to make a strong case for Heisman at this point within the ACC. After all, the players making the statistical headlines haven’t played any meaningful games and the teams that have played a competitive game won/lost as a team. It’s odd because the conference’s most talented QB is a backup (Trevor Lawrence) while arguably the most outstanding players can be any one from the Clemson defensive line. Still, there are some familiar faces who could make a splash onto the Heisman scene if they can finish as strong as they’ve started.
Despite not playing a formidable FBS foe yet in 2018 (UMass and Holy Cross, no disrespect), Boston College’s undefeated campaign can largely be contributed to the play of sophomore RB AJ Dillon. So far, Dillon is leading all running backs in the conference in rushing yards (247) just like he did a year ago as a freshman (1,589). If it wasn’t for the lofty year-two expectations for Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, some would have AJ Dillon higher on their Heisman boards.
Speaking of an undefeated team who hasn’t played anybody competitive (James Madison University and Georgia State, no disrespect), NC State is off to a great start. Leading the way for the Wolfpack is one of the rare collegiate veterans in the game, 5th year graduate Sr. QB Ryan Finley. After two games, Finley is leading the conference in passing yards with 679 yards. Finley has had a solid but not flashy career and looks like the prototypical NFL QB. He’s arguably the most polished passer who currently starts in the ACC so there’s that going for him right now. Not sure if he’s Heisman material until he beats the likes of Clemson and West Virginia (scheduled game cancelled and yet to be rescheduled).
Syracuse, also 2-0 after beating powerhouses Western Michigan and Wagner(?), no disrespect to those schools of course. The Orange do have their 2018 version of Lamar Jackson in dual-threat QB Eric Dungey. So far, Dungey is averaging 201 yards passing per game, 122 rushing yards per game and has a combined eight TD’s. Not bad, not bad at all. Even more impressive is that outside of Alabama QB’s, Dungey is one of two QB’s to have beaten Clemson since Sept. 27, 2014. Dungey’s in good company because the other QB is Pitt and current Buffalo Bills’ QB Nathan Peterman.