Heisman discussions just three weeks into the college football season? You bet. ESPN has released its Week 4 Heisman trophy leaders heading into Week 4.
There are 11 players included in the latest. Three players are from the SEC and another three from the Big 12. Two each in the Big Ten and Pac-12 and just one ACC player.
Here’s ESPN’s new Heisman Trophy top five ranking through three weeks of the season.
- Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
- Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
- Joe Burrow, LSU QB
- Justin Fields, Ohio State QB
- Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB
You can view ESPN’s full poll here.
To no surprise, ESPN’s voters are loving QB play this year. The list includes 8 quarterbacks and three running backs. The last time a quarterback or running back didn’t win the Heisman was in 1997.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is definitely the early-season favorite. The Alabama transfer fits right in to Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense. Hurts has 880 yards and nine touchdowns through the air in addition to 373 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Hurts has an early Heisman lead over former teammate Tua Tagovailoa, who has scored 13 touchdowns and has over 1,000 passing yards through three weeks.
No player’s stock has risen as much as Joe Burrow’s. The LSU QB has been phenomenal. He has plenty of more chances to play in prime-time games throughout the year.
All of the players listed above have had impressive starts to the season. It’ll be interesting to see if any new names emerge as the season progresses.
Is there any player not included in ESPN’s list who deserves to be in the Heisman discussion?