2019 Heisman Picks

2019 Heisman Preseason List

Now that I have rolled out my Preseason Top 25 list, it is time for my top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. This list will comprise of the guys who I think will have the best chance at earning the coveted Heisman and then I will explain why certain guys will not win it.

Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson– Lawrence is currently the favorite from multiple betting sites to win the Heisman Trophy. Bovada currently has him at +260 and he is also my favorite to win the trophy. Lawrence took college football by storm and delivered in a big way. 8 out of the last 9 winners have been quarterbacks and this year will be no different. As a freshman, Lawrence completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 3280 yards. He had 30 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. Looking at the stats, remember that he split time with Kelly Bryant to start the year. I think it’s a real possibility for him to throw for over 4000 yards next season and improve his efficiency.  

Sam Ehlinger QB Texas- During his sophomore season Ehlinger completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 3,292 yards, 25 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He added 418 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He was a big reason why Texas was present in the Big 12 Championship. I believe Ehlinger will end up being the best QB out of the Big 12 due to his ability with his arm and his legs. Plus Ehlinger made a promise to all Longhorn fans saying “I will make it my mission to never let this team or this school feel this disappointment again”.

Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin- Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top RB last season as a sophomore. Taylor finished third nationally as a true freshman with 1,977 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Taylor was able to improve on those numbers during the next season. In spite of the down season by Wisconsin, he still finished with 2,194 yards and 16 scores. He averaged 6.6 YPC as a freshman and 7.1 YPC as a sophomore. He is currently my top favored running back to try and win the Heisman Award.

D’Andre Swift RB Georgia- Swift is currently the top running back favorite according to Bovada +1700, along with Taylor, to win the Heisman. SEC Network analyst Chris Doering believes Georgia running back D’Andre Swift will be awarded the Heisman Trophy at the end of the 2019 season. Swift is able to contribute in both the passing game and the rushing attack. As a true freshman, he averaged 7.6 YPC and 6.4 YPC as a sophomore. He will be the leader of the backfield and if he can stay healthy, could win the Heisman

Who Didn’t Make the Cut

Wide Receivers- There has not been any WR to win the Heisman since All-Purpose threat Desmond Howard. The only 2 receivers who seemingly have a chance are Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Purdue’s Rondale Moore. However, I don’t see any way someone from this position can win the Heisman.

Tua Tagavailoa- I love Tua so don’t take this as a personal shot at him. However, I do not think that he will be able to stay healthy for a full season and that is why I don’t have him on my list. He has all the throwing talent in the world but towards the back end of last season was dinged up significantly. If he can stay healthy, he is a frontrunner for the Heisman but that’s a big if.

Kickers or Defensive Players– There will be one defensive player who fans will claim to be the deserving winner of the Heisman but will finish no better than 4th in the final voting. And let’s not pretend a kicker will have a chance to win the award.

Brant Meeks