The Heisman Trophy race is just getting started, but already a few players are standing out. Paul Finebaum named his three current favorites for the award today.
In an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning, Finebaum cited Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa as his three Heisman favorites.
Hurts earned the No. 1 spot on Finebaum’s list after dynamic performances against Houston and South Dakota. In two games, Hurts has completed 34-of-41 passes for 591 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 223 yards and three scores.
“Jalen Hurts has been spectacular,” Finebaum said, via 247Sports. “Maybe there’s a little bit of my heart wanting him to win because of what he’s been through and his resiliency. He’s just shown that he deserves it and I think he’s going to be in New York.”
As for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Finebaum said he would put him fourth. That didn’t sit well with ESPN analyst and LSU alum Ryan Clark, who thinks Burrow should rate above Lawrence.
Paul Finebaum lists his top candidates as: 1) Jalen Hurts, 2) Trevor Lawrence, and 3) Tua Tagovailoa.
And Ryan Clark is quick to respond: “Joe Burrow is outplaying Trevor Lawrence right now — and it’s not even close.” #LSU
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) September 11, 2019
Again, there’s a lot of football left to be played this season. Hurts is making a case to be the third-straight OU quarterback to win the Heisman, but Lawrence, Tagovailoa and Burrow all have the ability to take home the trophy.
In recent years, the Heisman Trophy has essentially become a QB-only award. Since 2000, 16 of 19 Heisman winners have been signal callers.
The only exceptions were Alabama’s Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015), as well as USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005. Bush, however, later had his Heisman vacated.