Week One 2019 Heisman Rankings

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If the opening weekend of college football was any indication as to how the rest of the season will unfold, we’re in for a wild ride. We saw some incredible performances by a pair of transfer quarterbacks. And, we also saw some of the best running backs going crazy on the ground. Now, we only have a small sample size. But, that’s sufficient as we unveil our week one 2019 Heisman rankings.

Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Fields all had impressive debuts against overmatched opponents. Now, Hurts and Tagovailoa will do little to change their position this week. Comparatively, Travis Etienne and Jonathan Taylor proved they are without a doubt the best two running backs in college football. Now, let’s see where the chips fall in our week one 2019 Heisman rankings.

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Note: Tiebreakers are settled by alphabetical order of the players last name.

Ranking Player Position Team Points
1 Tua Tagovailoa QB 89
2 Jalen Hurts QB 74
3 Travis Etienne RB 62
4 Trevor Lawrence QB 49
5 Jonathan Taylor RB 24
6 Justin Fields QB 11
7 Jerry Jeudy WR 4
8 Sam Ehlinger QB 3

Top Five Candidates

1. Tua Tagovailoa

QB | Alabama                                                           Next Game: 9/7 vs New Mexico State

After a lazy first half, Tagovailoa and Alabama turned it on in the second half to cruise to a 42-3 win over Duke. Tagovailoa nearly had more touchdowns (4) than incompletions (5) in the win. He will be licking his chops to face an Aggies defense that gave up over 400 yards through the air against Washington State last weekend.

2019 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
336 4 0 83.9 217.5
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
15 0 3.0

2. Jalen Hurts

QB | Oklahoma                                                      Next Game: 9/7 vs South Dakota

It’s hard to imagine a much better start to the season for Hurts. He looked to be in total control of Lincoln Riley’s attack. The only blemish in an otherwise perfect start for Hurts was one fumble. Expect Hurts to name his statline this week against FCS South Dakota.

2019 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
332 3 0 87.0 251.3
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
176 3 11.0

3. Travis Etienne

RB | Clemson                                                      Next Game: 9/7 vs Texas A&M

Etienne was a mainstay in our top five last year and lands here once again. He was the most impressive performer for the team in week one against Georgia Tech. Of our top five, Etienne has the biggest opportunity to make a move as the Tigers entertain Texas A&M this weekend.

2019 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD AVG ATT G
205 3 17.1 12 1
RECEIVING
YDS TD YPC
3 0 3.0

4. Trevor Lawrence

QB | Clemson                                                      Next Game: 9/7 vs Texas A&M

Lawrence dropped dramatically to number four after leading our preseason rankings. To put it in perspective, Lawrence threw half as many interceptions against Georgia Tech as he did all of 2018. However, Lawrence, like his teammate has the stage to change all of that. One must believe that Lawrence has too much talent around him to struggle for much longer.
2019 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
168 1 2 56.5 114.8
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
24 1 8.0

5. Jonathan Taylor

RB | Wisconsin                                                      Next Game: 9/7 vs Central Michigan

Wisconsin was one of the more impressive teams in week one as they dismantled South Florida 49-0. Taylor was a huge part of that dominating performance as he scored four times. Most impressive was that Taylor did it twice as a receiver out of the backfield. Taylor should continue his hot start against Central Michigan this weekend.

2019 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD AVG ATT G
135 2 8.4 16 1
RECEIVING
YDS TD YPC
48 2 24.0