With the year coming close to its end. I think it's time for me to say what I believe about the Heisman Race. I feel like this season has been fairly uneventful in terms of the Heisman Race. One player broke away early and seems to have coasted to the trophy. I hate seeing a lack of competition at the top of the ballot, but it is what it is. So, reluctantly, here is my ballot (if I had a vote):
- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- Jake Browning, QB, Washington
- Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Jabrill Peppers, ATH, Michigan
- D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Though Lamar Jackson has opened the door with multiple poor performances toward the end of the year, I don't think anyone will make a big enough splash to displace him on top of the Heisman voting list. It has been constantly talked about - how he can be beaten. It never seems to feel like anyone has had a better season than he has.
I'll be honest, Jake Browning got on my nerves to start the season. I didn't think he deserved to have his name on this list. The more he performed against good competition, The more I believed in him. I personally like some other QBs better than him, but his stats are nothing short of spectacular. He deserves to make an appearance as a Heisman Finalist.
Jonathan Allen has had a dominant season. That being said, He hasn't been dominant statistically. I think that will hurt him. He's probably one of the top 3 players in next year's draft, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's had a Heisman season. For a Defensive Player to win, It'd take a ton. I just don't think he's crossed that threshold.
Baker Mayfield is one of those guys that you just like. I, personally, like him better than Browning, and he has been good this year - especially of late. His composure has lead his team to come back from a tough start to the season to being considered for the Playoff and a Big 12 Championship. Great player; great stats; just not great enough.
Deshaun Watson hasn't played as well as he did last year. I think that's safe to say. He had a great 6TD game to close out the regular season against South Carolina. Maybe with a big performance against Virginia Tech in Championship Week, he can climb the ladder to be the next winner. The door is open. Especially since his Clemson team will be in the title game and Lamar Jackson's Louisville team won't be.
Jabrill Peppers is someone I routed for all year to win the Heisman. The guy plays 6 positions and returns kicks and punts. If you looked up versatility in the dictionary, you'd see a picture of him. That being said, the games I've watched, he hasn't had as big of an impact as I wanted to see. In big games he's been very solid, but I never saw "special".
D'Onta Foreman rushed for over 2,000 yards this season. It's hard to leave a guy off the list who runs for that many yards. That being said, he's on a team that has disappointed. Charlie Strong was just fired as their head coach. It's hard to win the Heisman on a disappointing team.