Not much changed in the latest Heisman Watch, but two sophomore skill players are lingering behind the nation’s top 3 quarterbacks. Late October and November schedules could prove crucial to how these players compete in the second half of the season.
1. Tua Tagovailoa (Quarterback, Alabama)
Passing Yards: 1,760
Tua continues to lead the #1 Crimson Tide to an undefeated record in which he has yet to throw an interception. He threw for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns in last weekend’s win against Missouri, but a knee injury might stunt him for the time being. Alabama will be just fine with Jalen Hurts behind center, but Tua’s injury might keep him out of the Tennessee game this weekend in which he could have racked up more stats. However, Nick Saban just wants him to be ready for the game against LSU on November 3rd.
2. Dwayne Haskins (Quarterback, Ohio State)
Passing Yards: 2,331
Haskins could finish this season with more yards and touchdowns then any quarterback in Big Ten history. He threw for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns and was 33 of 44 passing for the second straight week. He’s completing over 72% of his passes and will most likely continue to out-throw Tagovailoa and the other quarterbacks on this list. He gets a winless Nebraska team this weekend in which he might be able to pull ahead of an injured Tagovailoa.
3. Kyler Murray (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
Passing Yards: 1,764
Murray’s bye week puts him at a disadvantage in this week’s Heisman watch, but he has arguably the easiest schedule ahead with TCU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Kansas all before current-undefeated West Virginia to close out the season. Murray’s schedule and running ability could push him ahead on the watch list.
4. Laviska Shenault Jr. (Wide Receiver, Colorado)
Receiving Yards: 780
The dynamic sophomore is the best wide receiver in the country so far this season. He is averaging 10.0 receptions, 1.0 touchdowns, and 130.0 yards per game. The Buffaloes took a loss to USC this weekend in which Shenault couldn’t get too hot. However, he ended the night with 9 receptions, 72 yards, and a rushing touchdown. Shenault is still the go-to player for Colorado and has a strong ability to run the ball (5 rushing touchdowns this season). He will face a tough defense against Washington this weekend.
5. Jonathan Taylor
Rushing Yards: 950
Taylor is having a great season but finishes many games without a rushing touchdown, which could hurt his chances at being names a Heisman finalist. He’s averaging 158.3 yards a game and has rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season (his lowest being 101 yards in the most recent loss at Michigan). Taylor can gain some points if he can somehow get Wisconsin a Big Ten title. He gets Illinois this weekend to up that touchdown total.