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Ranking Top Heisman Contenders Heading Into New College Football Season

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Trevor Lawrence #16 and Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers celebrate their second quarter touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Harry How/Getty Images

While many football fans are focused on NFL training camps opening up this week, we're here to remind you that we are one month away from the college football season. With that, to no surprise, comes the Heisman hype.

6. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Travis Etienne played like a man possessed last season. In his sophomore campaign, Etienne rushed for 1,658 yards and a staggering 24 touchdowns on 204 carries. That's 8.1 yards an attempt. With experience under his belt, it'd be foolish not to put Etienne on the Heisman contender's list.

5. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks looks to pass against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of the Redbox Bowl at Levi's Stadium on December 31, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Redbox Bowl - Michigan State v Oregon | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Justin Herbert was pegged as a top quarterback prospect if he had declared for this year's NFL Draft. Instead, he chose to return for his senior season at Oregon. Despite a less-than-desirable completion percentage (59.4) last season, Herbert threw for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns. Herbert has the opportunity to lead the Ducks out of the Pac-12, and raise his already high stock entering the 2020 NFL Draft.

4. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29:  Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Come on, you can't leave an Oklahoma signal caller off the Heisman list. After Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray took home the trophy the last two seasons, head coach Lincoln Riley has another top quarterback to work with in Jalen Hurts. The former Alabama signal caller shined in relief of Tua Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship against Georgia. Now, with a quarterback guru in Riley to work with, Jalen Hurts' potential in 2019 is through the roof.

3. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01:  Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs drops bak to pass against the Texas Longhorns during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Texas v Georgia | Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The Georgia Bulldogs are known for their run-heavy offense, but you can't sleep on Jake Fromm entering this season. Despite throwing for under 3,000 yards in his sophomore year, Fromm threw 30 touchdowns through 14 games. Jake Fromm will have plenty of eyes on him, due to Georgia's contender status and becoming a top-three quarterback pick in next year's NFL Draft.

2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts a pass against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

This, comes as no surprise. Tua Tagovailoa missed out on the Heisman Trophy last year, falling to Kyler Murray. While many critics will point to Tagovaolia's durability, his statistics last season are too hard to ignore. Through 15 games, Tagovailoa threw for 3,966 yards and 44 touchdowns on a 69.0 completion percentage. The Alabama quarterback will be a heavy favorite this upcoming season, but he falls behind one of his opponents.

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

That's right, sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence ranks atop out list for Heisman favorite. Lawrence entered Clemson as the highest-rated quarterback prospect in recent memory, and after struggles from Kelly Bryant, head coach Dabo Swinney named him starter in Week 5. Ever since, Lawrence dominated, as evidenced in the CFP Championship Game against Alabama. With Lawrence slated for a full season of work, expect him to blow away his 2018 statistics.