CBS says the Heisman front-runner is clear.
The 2017 college football season came to a very exciting end earlier this week as Alabama knocked off Georgia in an epic comeback win in overtime.
True freshman quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa battled not only for SEC supremacy, but national supremacy. We’re likely going to see these two quarterbacks battle over the next two years before they’re eligible for the NFL.
Alabama’s star freshman won out in the end with a ridiculous touchdown pass, but neither one of those star freshmen sit at the top of CBS’ Heisman Trophy front-runner list. No, it’s a senior quarterback that is the early favorite to take home the title of college football’s best player.
The Heisman seems to be a quarterback award lately. So who will be the Heisman Trophy favorite following Baker Mayfield’s tremendous 2017 season?
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.
Odds will change throughout the offseason, but when the dust settles and it’s time for toe to meet leather for the 2018 football season, the Penn State quarterback will — and should be — the Heisman Trophy front-runner. The last time we saw the electric dual-threat quarterback for the Nittany Lions, he was an astonishing 12 for 12 on third-down passes — 10 of which moved the chains — in a 35-28 victory over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
He’s fearless, electric and now the biggest show in town for a Penn State program that should be in the College Football Playoff mix even without star running back Saquon Barkley.
Without Saquon, the pressure will be on McSorley to lead the Nittany Lions with his arm and his legs. A No. 4 recruiting class for the upcoming season will also help Penn State compete with the big dogs in the Big Ten East.
A few other names to keep in mind: Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins and Baker Mayfield’s replacement, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.