2018 Heisman Hopefuls

The College Football season kicks things into high gear this weekend and it is time to take a look at some of the top players that you will be hearing about all year long. The 2018 Heisman race should be an interesting one with a few big names already out there to watch and others that will emerge. So who are that top players, lets take a look at our Pre-Season Top 5 Heisman Hopefuls, along with the odds to win the Heisman.

#5 – QB Jake Fromm (Georgia) – Last season as a Freshman, Fromm led the Bulldogs to SEC Championship and Runner-up for the National Championship. He still has plenty of talent to work with this Fall, but the loss of Star RBs Nick Chubb & Sony Michel to the NFL will put more emphasis on Fromm’s arm. Fromm shouldn’t have any issues with the broken bone in his non-throwing hand that occurred this summer in a boating accident. Last year, Fromm completed 62.2% of his passes for 2615 yards and 24 TDs with only 7 ints. Expect those numbers to be even better in 2018.

#4 QB Khalil Tate (Arizona) –In his Sophomore season last year, Tate exploded on the scene. Coming in as the back-up he replaced Brandon Dawkins when Dawkins was injured. In his first start last year, Tate rushed for a FBS Quarterback record of 327 yards against Colorado. He followed up his 1st Pac-12 Player of the Week with 3 more consecutive Players of the Week with wins over UCLA, Cal & Washington St (A Conference Record). With Tate’s Arm (57.6% 1834 yds 17 TDs and 12 Ints) and his legs (1411 yards and 12 TDs) last year makes Tate the true double threat for the Wildcats this season.

#3 RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) – The Badgers’ Freshman Running Back exploded on the scene in Madison last year. He came into the season as the #4 or #5 back in a stable of excellent runners. But Taylor took the starting job and didn’t give it back. He rushed for more than 125 yards in 10 of 12 games last season, hitting 200 three times. He tied the Freshman record for fastest to reach 1000 yards (7 games) and broke former Badger Heisman Winner Ron Dayne’s NCAA Rushing Record for a Freshman with 1977 yards. He also added 13 TDs. With a very loaded front line in front of him, Taylor is poised to break some more records this season.

#2 QB Will Grier (West Virginia) – The senior gun-slinger has made the most of his transfer from Florida in 2015. Last year he stepped in as the Mountaineer QB and put up monster numbers. He completed 64.4% for 3490 yards 34 TDs and 12 Ints. He also ran for 2 more scores and 122 yards. Playing in the high scoring Big-12, Grier should have plenty of familiar targets with the return of 3 of his 4 top targets (Gary Jennings 97-1096 yds 1 TD, David Sills V 60-980 yds 18 TDs, & Marcus Simms 35-663 yds 5 TDs). If you like high flying, high scoring games, keep an eye on Grier and the Mountaineers this season.

#1 RB Bryce Love (Stanford) – Love is one of those players that don’t come around very often. Last year’s Doak Walker winner returns to Stanford for his Senior season. Last season, even battling an ankle injury that cost him 1 game, Love rushed for the 2nd most yards in the Division 1 with 2118 yards and 19 TDs. He hit the 1000 yard mark in just 5 games last season and ran for over 100 yards in all but one game, including a 301 yard game against Arizona St. Expect similar if not better numbers again this year and if he does that, the Heisman could very well be his.

So lets take a look at a list of Heisman Hopefuls and the Odds of them to win it>

Bryce Love (RB Stanford) +650
Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama) +750
Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin) +850
Khalil Tate (QB Arizona) +1300
Will Grier (QB West Virginia) +1400
Jake Fromm (QB Georgia) +1500
Trace McSorley (QB Penn St) +1500
Dwayne Hoskins (QB Ohio St) +1650
Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma) +2000
Shea Patterson (QB Michigan) +2000
Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson) +2000
Jake Browning (QB Washington) +2500
Jarrett Stidham (QB Auburn) +2700
Justin Herbert (QB Oregon) +3100
Sam Ehlinger (QB Texas) +3500
McKenzie Milton (QB Central Florida) +3750
JK Dobbins (RB Ohio St) +4000
D’Andre Swift (RB Georgia) +4000
Drew Lock (QB Missouri) +4500
Kelly Bryant (QB Clemson) +5000
Nick Fitzgerald (QB Mississippi St) +5000
Rodney Anderson (RB Oklahoma) +5000
Brandon Wimbush (QB Notre Dame) +5000
Damien Harris (RB Alabama) +5500
Deondre Francois (QB Florida St) +6000
Cam Akers (RB Florida St) +6000
Myles Gaskin (RB Washington) +6500
David Montgomery (RB Iowa St) +7500
KJ Costello (QB Stanford) +7500
Travis Etienne (RB Clemson) +8000
AJ Dillon (RB Boston College) +8000
All Other Players are at least +10000

So I know many of you, especially in SEC country, are saying how come you don’t have Tua Tagovailoa in my Top-5. I know that he is a very talented player on a very good team but I don’t know if he will even be the full-time starter. Jalen Hurts was the guy there until the 2nd Half of the Championship game. Don’t be surprised if they split time for the Crimson Tide and that will take numbers away from Tagovailoa. Who do you thing will win it? Is it one of the favorites or do you have a darkhorse? The Football Season is HERE! Make sure you check in with Razor Sharp Sports on Freeplays.com each and everyday for College & NFL action, along with late season Baseball. Good Luck!!

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