In my opinion, if there’s one QB in college football who can replicate Baker Mayfield’s 2017 Heisman season statistically, it’s Will Grier. The West Virginia QB was named Big-12 Offensive Player of the Week after tearing apart SEC’s Tennessee en route to 429 yards, five TD’s and zero INT’s.
Going in the other direction was Arizona’s Khalil Tate. After a sensational six game stretch last year where Tate averaged over 200 yards per game and tallied 11 rushing TD’s, his final three games in 2017 Tate averaged only 39 rushing YPG and ran in only one TD. Well, it seems as though teams have figured out Tate as BYU was able to hold Tate to just 14 yards rushing on eight carries and one TD. Arizona lost 23-28 and Tate’s Heisman spark may have burned out.
No sophomore slump quite yet for the Wisconsin phenom as Taylor continued his consistent play rushing for 145 yards and two TD’s. Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in 11/15 career games. A lot of credit goes to the offensive line who’s completely intact for this 2018 campaign. Like previous Wisconsin backs, a huge year statistically and an excellent team record will keep Taylor in Heisman talk all year long.
The most impressive game rushing statistically came from Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams as he racked up 240 yards and three TD’s. It’ll probably be a safe bet that his production will dip next week as the Aggies face up against the best defensive line in college football, the Clemson Tigers and not Northwestern State again.
One of the best receivers in college football had himself a day courtesy of Will Grier. Seven catches for 140 yards and two TD’s for the senior WR. It’s rare for a WR to get serious Heisman consideration however he’ll at least be in the spotlight quite often so long as Grier keeps doing his thing.
We’ve got to feel bad for Alabama that they have two legit QB’s to use at their disposal. Week one’s highlights were dominated by Tagavoila who threw for 227 yards and totaled three TD’s (two passing, one rushing). It feels like Saban isn’t going to settle on one guy for all four quarters, for all 12-13 games. This will hurt either guy in terms of Heisman projections, but in Alabama they play for bigger things.
Well that was uninspiring. Stanford’s Heisman runner-up from a year ago ran for 29 yards on 18 carries. He’s obviously capable of big games and it’s still quite early in the season, but man, this performance looked so out of character.
Learn the name if you don’t know it already. Since August of last year, McKenzie Milton has not lost a game in large part because of his sensational play. On Saturday, Milton completed 75% of his passes for 346 yards and five TD’s. Last year Milton finished 8th in Heisman voting and is arguably the Heisman favorite outside of power-5 teams. If his trend continues, serious Heisman consideration needs to be made for a guy who wins and balls out, no matter the competitive level.