Welcome back to our weekly Heisman Watch for the 2020 college football season. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will be voting on their best Heisman Trophy candidates.
To get the final ranking we use the following method: 13 voters with five votes each. Point system: five points for votes in first place, four points for votes in second place, three points for votes in third place, two points for votes in fourth place and one point for votes in fifth place.
Voters: Andrea Adelson, Kyle Bonagura, Bill Connelly, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Sam Khan Jr., Chris Low, Harry Lyles Jr., Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Tom Van Haaren, Dave Wilson
Total score: 48 (votes in first place: 7/13)
Remarkable: Trask has hung out about Heisman Watch all season, but for the first time this season he’s the best. This happens when you have a sixth game in a row with more than 4 TDs passing. Against Arkansas last Saturday, Trask threw five TD passes in the first half and threw for 356 yards.
Quote: “The more successful teams sometimes have, the more individual prizes are awarded,” said Florida coach Dan Mullen of Trask. “If we continue to be successful as a team and keep playing games, he will have the opportunity to receive individual awards.”
Heisman odds: +350
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Total score: 46 (votes in first place: 2)
Remarkable: Jones and Alabama had postponed their game against LSU due to COVID-19, which means Jones hasn’t played for the past two weekends. Even so, his résumé remains impressive to this point – 16 TDs, only two interceptions, and more than 2,000 yards past.
Quote: “He’s just getting better. I was so impressed with his accuracy and ability to stand in my pocket and put under pressure. I didn’t see him as a potential first-round pick when he took over after that last year.” Tua Tagovailoa’s injury but has made his case through six games so far. “- Mel Kiper
Heisman odds: +180
Total score: 41 (votes in first place: 3)
Remarkable: Fields was also turned off last weekend after the Ohio State game against Maryland was canceled due to a coronavirus outbreak as part of the Terrapins program. The lack of games played could hurt Fields’ chances, but when he’s on the field he’s played with 11 TDs and zero interceptions. His QBR of 96.4 is the front runner in the FBS.
Quote: “There’s not much Fields can’t do, and I’ve already seen improvements from him in his pocket presence and ability to see the field and go through his readings.” – Kiper
Heisman odds: +200
Total score: 31 (votes in first place: 1)
Remarkable: Lawrence is set to return this week after missing Clemson’s previous two games because of a positive COVID-19 test. He has to climb more of a hill now, but ran away with the award before missing out. He has 17 TDs in five games – still ranked 10th on the FBS.
Quote: “He’s done some highlight roll throws and limited his mistakes. He makes it look simple. Lawrence has everything NFL teams want a starting quarterback from height to arm talent to the ability to process reads and execute the correct throw. ” – Kiper
Heisman odds: +200
Ohio State’s Justin Fields and BYU’s Zach Wilson continue to push for the Heisman. But Kellen Mond from Texas A&M and D’Eriq King from Miami are competing in the race after the big shows in week 10.
Total score: 19 (votes in first place: 0)
Remarkable: Wilson holds on to # 5 and continues to put up big numbers for 8-0 BYU. His 22 TDs got him fourth on the FBS, and he’s only thrown two interceptions.
Quote: “Wilson was spot on at every level of the field and has proven to be one of the best downfield passers-by in college football.” – Anthony Treash
Heisman odds: +2500
Others get votes:
Total points in brackets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (4); DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (4); Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (1); Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (1)