Well the Pac-12 might not be the best power-5 conference in the country (worst winning % of any P-5 conference), but they have some of the best Heisman prospects in 2018.
A possible #1 overall pick in next year’s draft, Oregon’s Justin Herbert looks like an NFL quarterback standing 6’6″ and weighing around 230. Herbert throws like an NFL quarterback completing 67% of his passes in 2017. But in Justin Herbert’s three-year college career he has yet to complete a full season so it’s TBD if he can put up Heisman-like numbers. If the start of 2018 becomes a trend moving forward, it’s imaginable that Herbert throws for 3,500+ yards and 40+ TD’s. Statistics good enough to win a Heisman and with a name sure to gain traction in terms of future NFL employment, Justin Herbert is definitely a solid Heisman candidate.
Welcome back Bryce Love, the Heisman conversation missed you. After a dreadful week 1 performance against SDSU (18 carries for 29 yards), Love went out and totally redeemed himself against USC.
I’m not quite sure Bryce Love is back to Heisman-level yet, but he’s heading in the right direction after 136 yards and a TD for the AP #10 Stanford Cardinals.
Colorado’s Steven Montez is somebody worth keeping on your Heisman radar. Through two games, Montez has thrown for over 330+ yards in each game, has eight total TD’s and two big wins, both on the road. The first was against in-state rival Colorado State and just last Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska the Buffalos spoiled Scott Frost’s coaching debut in a thrilling 33-28 win in which Montez threw a TD with 1:06 left in the 4th to lead Colorado to victory.
In arguably the biggest upset so far in 2018, Arizona State led by QB Manny Wilkins beat Michigan State at home 16-13. The game may have been too late for east coast viewers, something Pac-12 Heisman candidates are all too familiar with, but if you haven’t seen Manny Wilkins play you definitely need to set the DVR and re-watch the Sun Devils on a blessed Sunday morning. Wilkins threw for 380 yards last Saturday and for the year Wilkins has five TD’s. As long as Wilkins and potential All-American WR N’keal Harry keep balling, this Arizona St. team is extremely dangerous in the Pac-12.