My preseason Heisman list featured none of the three players listed on this week’s list. That’s a good thing. That mean’s college football continues to be the most interest sport on a weekly basis due to the fact that you never know what’s going to happen. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate fell off the face of the earth with his dismal performance against BYU at home. Oregon QB Justin Herbert didn’t play poorly, however under 300 yards passing, two interceptions and less than 50% of completed passes he didn’t light it up either. Bryce Love entered the season having rushed for 2,000 last year but was held to just 29 yards in the season debut.
New year, new week, new faces. Let’s see who made this week’s Heisman rankings following week 1.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB (Alabama)
Stats: 75% Comp/ 227 Yards Passing + 26 Rushing/ 3 Total TD’s
Tua Tagovailoa took over the starting quarterback role for Alabama this season after an offseason full of uncertainty. After winning the QB competition over former incumbent Jalen Hurts, Tua played as well as anyone expected him to by accounting for three touchdowns and leading the Crimson Tide to a 21-0 lead in the blink of an eye. I think it’s safe to say Hurts won’t be starting for Alabama again and if that’s the case, lock Tua in to be a Heisman candidate week in and week out.
2. Cole McDonald, QB (Hawaii)
Stats: 71.8% Comp/ 846 Yards Passing + 82 Rushing/ 11 Total TD’s
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are one of the few FBS teams who have played two games already to this point and while they haven’t played the best opponents (Colorado State and Navy), it should be noted that they are 2-0 behind first year starting quarterback Cole McDonald. Through two games McDonald has already accounted for 11 total touchdowns and with Hawaii’s next three games being against opponents that they should defeat, I don’t see McDonald slowing down his pace in the Warriors run and shoot offense.
3. Mike Weber Jr, RB (Ohio State)
Stats: 186 Yards Rushing + 3 Yards Receiving/ 4 Total TD’s
Mike Weber came into 2018 as somewhat of a question mark in the Ohio State offense after he rushed for under 1,000 yards last season. The Buckeyes lost J.T. Barrett so new quarterback Dwayne Haskins definitely needs help from his backfield mate to relieve some of the pressure of being a first year started. Well Weber did just that in the season opener against Oregon State where he accounted for 189 all-purpose yards and 4 total touchdown. With Urban Meyer still missing from the sideline (Suspension) it will be up to Weber and Haskins to carry the offense, especially with a matchup against TCU coming in a couple of week.