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5. Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0)
- Statistics: 209/317 (65.9% pass completion percentage), 2,454 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 154 rush attempts, 840 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Jalen Hurts has emerged as the best freshman quarterback in the entire country, and he is leading the #1 team in the country to a likely berth in their 3rd consecutive College Football Playoff and possible 2nd national title in a row and 5th in eight seasons. His passing game is becoming more and more efficient each week, and on the ground, he is nearly unstoppable. His numbers themselves don’t exactly stand out off the page, but his skillset does. Don’t sleep on Jalen Hurts, the quarterback that is leading the most dominant team in the country, when it comes down to giving out this season’s Heisman Trophy award.
4. Jake Browning, Quarterback, #4 Washington Huskies (11-1)
- Statistics: 214/329 (65.0% completion percentage), 3,162 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 54 rush attempts, 64 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Jake Browning has been among the best quarterbacks in the nation this season, throwing 40 touchdowns in just 12 games, which is 3rd in the nation, while throwing just seven interceptions and boasting the 15th highest completion percentage in the nation at 65.0%. He has led the Huskies to a dominant season that could very well end up with Washington in the College Football Playoff. He is definitely deserving of the recognition of being on this list as one of the top Heisman Trophy award candidates.
3. Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, #9 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)
- Statistics: 222/311 (71.4% completion percentage), 3,381 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 71 rush attempts, 138 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Baker Mayfield is really starting to show that he belongs in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy award. He was among the preseason favorites to win the award, but a somewhat slow start held him back from being on this list until recently. With the 2nd best completion percentage in the nation, he is really starting to show the world the quarterback that he is capable of being, and that quarterback is one that can blow the top off of any defense he faces, which he has shown us over the past couple of weeks. Now that Oklahoma is back up among the top teams in the nation in all of the polls and rankings, Mayfield’s recent play is not going unnoticed nor unappreciated, and it has been enough to put him in among the top candidates in the Heisman Trophy award discussion.
2. DeShaun Watson, Quarterback, #3 Clemson Tigers (11-1)
- Statistics: 305/452 (67.5% completion percentage), 3,626 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 112 rush attempts, 444 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Deshaun Watson started the season off slowly, but has since picked it up. Led by Watson, the Clemson Tigers have staved off some tough opponents this season, and Watson’s poise and passing numbers, especially in the clutch situations against the many tough teams he has faced, make him a contender to win this season’s Heisman Trophy award, much like he was last season. His rushing numbers are not extraordinary, but they still make him a solid dual threat quarterback. He deserves to be on this list and he deserves to be this high up, especially since he has led the Tigers to enough victories to be in the College Football Playoff discussion for the second consecutive season.
1. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, #13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3)
- Statistics: 220/382 (57.6% pass completion percentage), 3,390 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 234 rush attempts, 1,538 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Lamar Jackson is the clear frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy award this season. He totaled a 51 touchdowns through 12 games this season, and he did not even play all four quarters in each of those 12 games. His elite and electrifying passing and running skill set combination makes him the best overall quarterback in college football. This award is his to lose. He is one of the nation’s top passing quarterbacks, and he is the nation’s best running quarterback, as he is 8th among all players in the nation in rushing yards with 1,538 and is tied for 3rd in the nation in rushing touchdowns with 21. Despite a rough game here and there, his weekly numbers back up his status as the Heisman frontrunner.