NCAA Football: Can The Heisman Trophy debate begin too early?

Is it too early to start the debate for the prestigious Heisman Trophy? Week one of college football has ended and some fans may say I’m crazy and ridiculous for having such a discussion so soon.

Multiple players, including Alabama Crimson Tide’s  monster quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, and the Oklahoma Sooner’s QB, Jalen Hurts, and many more have already begun to throw their names into consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

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Number two ranked Alabama beat their opponent by 39 points with big help from Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa threw the ball with a purpose and walked away with 26 completed passes out of 31 attempts, a total of 336 yards of offence and an astonishing four touchdowns. One of the biggest performances that were overshadowed was that of  Joe Burrow’s five touchdown night against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Burrow’s only missed four passes while completing 23 of them, he also threw the ball for 278 yards. On The Ohio state side of things, Justin Fields had a field day, with his new team. This was Fields first game with the Buckeyes after transferring from the Georgia Bulldogs. Fields started off his day fast with a 51-yard run to start the scoring. He then threw four touchdowns and completed 18 of his 25 passes all for 234 yards. After transferring from Alabama to Oklahoma, Jalen Hurts had a lot to prove and he left little to no doubts on the field. 

Hurts threw 20 for 23 with 332 yards of offence, three touchdowns and he also ran for another three touchdowns. With this performance, it brings to mind the question; can Jalen Hurt bring the Heisman back to Oklahoma for the third straight year? If he does, can he follow his predecessors Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray by being the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  We’ll have to wait till the end of the season for any of those questions to be answered. In the meantime, let’s sit back and enjoy all the gifts each year of NCAA football action presents us.

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