We are about three and a half months away from the start of the 2018 college football season. That means we’re roughly seven months away from the 2018 Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Who do you think will win college football’s most coveted award this year? It seems like a wide-open race.
NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread named his top 18 candidates for the 2018 Heisman Trophy. There’s some names on here you would expect and others you might not.
Here’s the top five:
- QB Will Grier – West Virginia
- RB Bryce Love – Stanford
- QB Shea Patterson – Michigan
- RB Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin
- QB Kelly Bryant – Clemson
Grier, a potential first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, put up huge numbers last season, throwing for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Here’s why Goodbread ranked him No. 1 ahead of Love, who many think is the Heisman favorite.
With Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph cleared out of his path, Grier figures to be the face of the Big 12 this fall. He has a dynamic receiving threat in David Sills V, and the kind of coach in Dana Holgorsen who will air it out with the play calling. It’s been a long road back for Grier since a NCAA suspension at Florida, and subsequent transfer to WVU, froze his career for a season and a half. But he’s primed for a big finish and the WVU schedule includes two Power Five opponents in non-conference play (Tennessee, N.C. State).
Patterson at No. 3 and Bryant at No. 5 are surprising for a couple of reasons. For Patterson, seeing him that high on the list seems like an awful lot of pressure considering it will be his first season at a new program. As for Bryant, he might not make it through the season without being supplanted by five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence.
A lot can happen between now and December.
You can read all of Goodbread’s analysis here.