Surprise, surprise, the Big 12’s best Heisman candidates (so far) come from the quarterback position. So far two guys have stood above the rest in the conference best known for high-powered offenses.
One QB in college football is not only doing his best impression of the 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield, he’s actually doing it better. As it sits right now, West Virginia’s Will Grier is top-5 in the country in completion percentage (76.7%), yards (761), yards/attempt (12.7), touchdowns (9), and QB rating (229.4). In 2017, Mayfield finished the season top-5 in all these categories, but Grier is on pace to better Mayfield’s total and % in every category listed. We’re not promising that Grier can keep up this frenzied pace, but if he’s not your Heisman winner two weeks into the season based on previous criteria, then I don’t know who is.
Oklahoma’s not trying to fill the shoes left by Baker Mayfield as QB of the Sooners. Kyler Murray is reinventing the Sooners’ wheel. Murray has made an immediate impact as arguably the most electrifying player in college football. On the season, Murray has amassed 515 yards passing with five TD’s to go along with 92 yards rushing and two rushing TD’s. Oklahoma has looked dominant so far but they may ask more from the #7 MLB Draft Pick of the Oakland A’s because of the season-ending injury to the teams leading rusher, Rodney Anderson. Maybe a blessing in Heisman disguise for Murray as he is not going to compare to Grier throwing, but his mobility and play-making ability makes Murray must-see-football.
Nov. 23, 2018. Put it in your calendar, make a note, tattoo the date on your forehead and release a song on Soundcloud as a reminder that Oklahoma plays @ West Virginia in the last game of the regular season in what may be the most important Heisman game of 2018.