While the college football world has been focused on LSU’s Joe Burrow and prior to Saturday, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa as the Heisman Trophy front runners.
Now unfortunately with Tagovailoa’s season ending hip injury, I’m sure the talk would be that Burrow has it wrapped up but there is another player out there that can make a serious case to win the prestigious college football award.
Enter: Ohio State’s Justin Fields
The sophomore has quietly put together one of the best seasons by a college football quarterback in history and has done so without having played the majority of Ohio State’s ten games this season.
Fields has thrown for 2,164 yards and 31 touchdowns while throwing just one interception. He’s also added ten rushing touchdowns and 377 yards on the ground.
Against Cincinnati who is now ranked #17, Fields threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 42 yards and two scores.
Against #13 Wisconsin, he only had 195 total yards and three touchdowns but it was a huge win.
This past week against Rutgers, Fields played just the first half and the first drive of the second half but threw for a career high 305 yards and four touchdowns passes.
He’s barely had to play in the second half of games because Ohio State has been so dominant all season and the coaches pull the starters out early whether it’s after halftime or early in the second half and Fields has still put up some incredible numbers.
Not taking anything away from Burrow or even Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts who will also likely be in the conversation as we wind down the regular season but their numbers do look more impressive on paper because they’ve had to play full games because their respective defenses haven’t been able to help their offenses out all that much this season.
Fields has completely lived up to the hype so far and he can unquestionably launch to the top of the Heisman race with two dominant performances against Penn State next week and of course against Michigan on November 30.
If he can lead the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship Game, he may very well join the names of Archie Griffin, Eddie George and Troy Smith and become the seventh Buckeye to win the Heisman Trophy.