2017 Heisman Trophy talk is perfect for mid-May.
Heck, why not?
Chase Goodbread of NFL.com and College Football 24/7 unveiled his list Wednesday of 17 Heisman Trophy candidates for ’17 and it featured four players from the SEC, including two from the same backfield.
Two other running backs from the conference were also noted by Goodbread. Does this suggest a down year for quarterbacks in the South? We’ll see, but it looks like Chase certainly think so.
The top player? Quarterback Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma topped the list, followed by reigning statue-man Lamar Jackson of Louisville, and USC quarterback Sam Darnold. By the way, the Pac-12 led the way with five players on the list. The Big Ten had two.
Here are the SEC players noted:
16. Jalen Hurts, Alabama, QB: Man, this is pretty low after that amazing first season for the Crimson Tide. According to Goodbread: “Suffice it to say he’s battle-tested already, but as he enters his sophomore year, his Heisman hopes depend heavily on significant improvement as a downfield passer.”
12. Nick Chubb, Georgia, RB: His leg injury has hampered an otherwise brilliant career for the Bulldogs. Goodbread noted: “Chubb’s junior season had its moments, but didn’t meet expectations.”
9. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama, RB: If Scarbrough is back and strong in the Tide backfield, look out. However, his backfield mates (including Hurts, for that matter), could cut into his Heisman resume in terms of production. As Goodbread says: “The Tide is loaded in the backfield with Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs, and shared rushing loads have a hard time sustaining Heisman momentum.”
4. Derrius Guice, LSU, RB: Guice should get plenty of the load again for the Tigers, without Leonard Fournette, this time for good. Goodbread said: “With quarterback a perpetual question mark in Baton Rouge, if Guice doesn’t contend for the Heisman, it won’t be for a lack of carries.”