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
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
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
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
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
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
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.