Writer: Anthony Aleman
As the collegiate football season swings into action, the yearly discussion about the nation’s most coveted award has also grown tremendously. The Heisman trophy, awarded to Quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville last year could potentially find itself another winner this year as many playmakers across the country such as Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, and Jackson seem to be the favorites for it. However, we aren’t going to be talking about those players, today the discussion will be centered around the top five dark horse Heisman candidates around the nation. Let’s get right into it.
1. Blake Barnett QB Arizona State University
Barnett, a former Under Armour All American and University of Alabama Quarterback looks to take the Sun Devils to tides never reached before. Losing the Quarterback battle to Jalen Hurts at Alabama last year seems to have lit a fire under Barnett, and under the guidance of Billy Napier and with the help of talent such as N’keal Harry, expect a huge season from Barnett.
2. Will Grier QB West Virginia University
The former Florida Gator gunslinger looked destined to become one of the next best Florida players in history, but a yearlong suspension for taking banned substances caused that ship to sink. Now a new environment with the same coordinator who helped Johnny Manziel win a Heisman and a high powered up tempo offense should help Griers chances of winning not only the Heisman but also a conference title.
3. Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn University
A former top recruit with a very talented skill set could wreak havoc in the SEC this year after transferring over from Baylor. Stidham has received nothing but rave reviews from coaches and media both, so have high expectations for Stidham and the auburn tigers this year.
4. Trayveon Williams RB Texas A&M
The up and coming running back took charge of a crowded backfield last year for the aggies and was one of the few bright spots last year in what was a lackluster year. With a Quarterback battle brewing between three guys, look for Williams to receive the ball tons of times, whether it’s through a hand off or a pass from the backfield.
5. Shane Buechele QB University of Texas
The freshmen who was supposed to take over the state of texas last year faltered under the Charlie Strong regime, however quarterback and offense guru Tom Herman has now taken the reigns of this team. Buechele will have to adjust to a slightly different offense and have to fend off competition from quarterback Sam Ehlinger, but if Buechele can progress well then look for Texas to become a perennial powerhouse under the dynamic duo of QB and Head Coach.
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