Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were in the same high school class coming out of the same state, Georgia. While Lawrence was an immediate star, Fields didn't blossom until transferring after his freshman season. They met in the Fiesta Bowl, with Lawrence leading Clemson to a win in the national semifinals.
Come the start of the 2020 season, the Tigers and Buckeyes will be at or near the top of every preseason poll. Just as the two teams stand poised to battle for the national championship, Lawrence and Fields will enter next season as the overwhelming co-favorites for the Heisman Trophy.
Now that the deadline has come for players to declare for the NFL draft, let's revisit the crop of returning standouts to take the early temperature of the 2020 Heisman race. Lawrence and Fields lead.
One running back expected to throw his hat into the ring for the NFL, Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard, instead opted to return for his redshirt junior season.