Heisman Trophy conversation begins with three early frontrunners


Alex Eiden, Assistant Sports Editor

While fantasy football owners are filling in their final roster sports, college football fans are clamoring for the opening weekend of games.

With the season now upon us, so is the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Will a quarterback reclaim the Heisman? Will a running back take it two years in a row? Could a defensive player win it for the first time in almost 20 years?

This new season brings with it a plethora of candidates, but the focus should be on just three.

RB Leonard Fournette

Fournette, running back for Louisiana State University (LSU), is the biggest non-quarterback favorite to win the coveted trophy this year.

He ran for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on only 300 carries in 2015, and his 2016 Heisman campaign will more than likely replicate that.

He’s a power house running back who can run faster than just about any player on the opposing defense, his engine never stops.

Fournette will take the field when LSU opens their season against the University of Wisconsin Badgers at the historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

While Fournette is certainly a major contender, talented quarterbacks are abundant this year.

Signal callers Baker Mayfield and Greg Ward Jr. also have a great chance of bringing the Heisman back to the quarterback position.

QB Baker Mayfield

Mayfield, from the University of Oklahoma, is shaping up to have an outstanding season after throwing for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015. It doesn’t hurt that Oklahoma is an extremely offensive-heavy team as well.

The redshirt junior will begin his Heisman campaign at the helm as Oklahoma starts the year against dark-horse playoff candidate University of Houston today at NRG Stadium.

QB Greg Ward Jr.

Ward is the signal-caller opposing Mayfield this Saturday. That match-up alone will spark Heisman talk that will more than likely follow both players throughout the entire season.

Ward came seemingly out of nowhere last year, throwing for 2,828 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Cougars. He’s got an impressive arm and is surrounded by a solid team.

This college football season will bring with it a multitude of fantastic young talent, some controversy and drama, and the race for the Heisman.

There are plenty of candidates, but look for these three to have their names mentioned quite a lot come December.

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