Ohio State stud defensive end Chase Young immediately worked his way back into the 2019 Heisman Trophy race, but a few other players rank ahead of the Buckeyes’ contending stars.
1. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 1
LSU’s wide receivers ran wide open against Arkansas’ defense, and Joe Burrow took advantage with 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to 11-0. The Tigers clinched the SEC West, and Burrow is basically a lock for the Heisman if his team beats Georgia in a couple of weeks. To end the regular season, Burrow and his team will look to avenge last season’s 74-72 loss to Texas A&M.
78.9% | 4,014 PASS YDS | 41 PASS TD | 6 INT
79 CAR | 239 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 3.0 AVG
2. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 2
Oklahoma’s passing attack might have had its worst game of the season in their close win over TCU, but Jalen Hurts is doing what it takes to help his team win games. The senior quarterback had 28 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns (along with two passing scores) as well as the game-clinching first-down run at the end of the game. Hurts did have a couple of turnovers in the victory, but he currently remains the biggest threat for the Heisman.
71.4% | 3,184 PASS YDS | 30 PASS TD | 6 INT
180 CAR | 1,156 RUSH YDS | 17 RUSH TD | 6.4 AVG
3. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 4 (+1)
Since the Ohio State game a month ago knocked him down a bit in the Heisman race, Jonathan Taylor has responded with an absurd three consecutive 200-yard rushing performances. Taylor is now 315 yards from 2,000 on the season, and he could have a couple of games to do it before the Badgers’ bowl game. A big game against Minnesota and then a bounce-back outing against Ohio State in a potential Big Ten Championship matchup could make Taylor an intriguing option for voters.
261 CAR | 1,685 RUSH YDS | 18 RUSH TD | 6.5 AVG
20 REC | 162 REC YDS | 4 REC TD | 8.1 AVG
4. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 3 (-1)
Ohio State jumped to a 14-0 first-half lead, but Justin Fields and his team had to grind out a victory over Penn State. The sophomore quarterback made a number of key plays—from third-down conversions with his legs to a couple of nice deep ball touchdowns—to help the Buckeyes remain undefeated. Fields gets his first taste of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry this Saturday.
69.4% | 2,352 PASS YDS | 33 PASS TD | 1 INT
105 CAR | 445 RUSH YDS | 10 RUSH TD | 4.2 AVG
5. Chase Young | Ohio State DE | Junior | Last week: NR
Despite missing two games because of a suspension for an NCAA violation, Chase Young remains squarely in the mix for an invite to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Young had three sacks in last week’s win over the Nittany Lions, as he was basically unblockable in one-on-one situations. The stud defensive end set the school record for sacks in a season, and he has a chance to reach 20 over the next two games.
38 TKL | 19.5 TFL | 16.5 SK | 7 FF