Heisman Watch

The front runners for College football’s most prestigious award


by Sam Lopez, Staff Writer

The Heisman trophy is the biggest honor a college football player can achieve. Whether it’s Cam Newton or Mark Ingram, the Heisman trophy rewards the best player in the nation every year. Here are the frontrunners for the 2018 Heisman trophy:

1.Tua Tagovailoa: QB Alabama

Tagovailoa led Alabama to a comeback victory last season in the national championship game, but many were skeptical if he was the right man to start for the Crimson Tide. The sophomore has done nothing but impresses college football fans by leading Alabama to the number one team in the nation. He’s thrown for 28 touchdowns compared to his just 2 interceptions and over 2,500 passing yards. With his combined athleticism and fantastic throwing prowess, it’s no shock he leads the race.


2.Kyler Murray: QB Oklahoma

Murray had big shoes to fill after the departure of Baker Mayfield, and he has shown to be the perfect replacement by leading the best offense in the nation. The junior has amassed over 3,000 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes. Murray also is a great scrambler shown by his 640 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. Murray also plays baseball and was drafted by the Oakland Athletes but it’s likely he’ll return to Oklahoma for his senior year.


3.Will Grier: QB West Virginia

The older brother of Viner Nash Grier, the senior is currently leading West Virginia to the number one spot in the Big-12. Grier has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards on the season with 31 touchdowns passes as well. Grier does not possess the athleticism that Murray and Tagovailoa have, but he throws lasers down the field. In eight of Grier’s nine games this season, he has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes and over 300 passing yards.


4.Gardner Minshew: QB Washington State

Minshew is the first QB from Washington State to be a Heisman finalist since Ryan Leaf in 1997 and leads the Cougars to the eighth-ranked team in the nation. Minshew is leading the nation in passing with nearly 4,000 passing yards and 29 touchdowns on the season. Another great pocket passer, Minshew has a 69.6% completion on his passes and can throw deep down the field. There’s not a throw in the world Minshew can’t make.


5.Quinnen Williams: DL Alabama

Williams is leading the Crimson Tide’s defense that has shut out LSU and Mississippi State in back to back games, and Williams had 3.5 combined sacks in both games. The sophomore is showing people that it’s not all about Tua in Tuscaloosa. Williams currently has 5.0 sacks on the season and 49 total tackles. The stats may not seem very eye-popping, but it cannot be denied how good he can get through offensive lines so easily. The only defensive player to win the Heisman was Charles Woodson in 1997, but Williams can definitely give him a run for his money.