The college football season is nearing the quarter mark, and the race for the College Football Playoff is in full swing. So is the race for the Heisman Trophy, with a talented group of players — primarily quarterbacks — who have already put themselves in contention for the sport’s most prestigious individual trophy.
Here are the five players who have distinguished themselves the most in the early going in the Heisman race.
5. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Fields has been every bit as good as the Buckeyes hoped he would be and then some. The Georgia Bulldogs transfer has thrown for 13 touchdowns in his first four games and rushed for six more, and has yet to be intercepted. Fields’ Heisman credentials will really be burnished when he faces better opposition. He hasn’t faced a top 25 opponent yet, but if he can rip apart the likes of Penn State and Wisconsin later in the season, he’s likely to get a more serious look.
4. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
One of the two preseason favorites for the award, Lawrence hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts in 2019. His fifth interception gave him one more than he threw all of last season. The fact that it’s come while facing one real quality opponent is worrisome. Two of those picks game against Georgia Tech, for instance — a team that lost to The Citadel. Clemson doesn’t have another ranked opponent on its schedule for the rest of the regular season, which may prove a hindrance to building hype. That fact may also allow him to pad his stats and restore his preseason momentum, which could help his case.