The Heisman trophy is the oldest and most coveted award in all of college football. Developed in 1935, the award is given to the most outstanding player in all of college football. The 2019 Heisman ceremony will be held in the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, on December 14th. Typically, only the top 3-5 players are invited as finalists to receive the Heisman trophy, and the winner is announced at the venue for everyone to see.
The amount of finalists varies from year to year, and this year I believe there’s four players who have separated themselves above all else as the best players in college football. The players spread through three conferences and three schools. Each has displayed a dominance that is rivaled only by the others listed. Here are the four most outstanding players in college football that deserve to be invited to the 2019 Heisman ceremony as finalists for the most prestigious award in college football.
#4. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
After sitting a majority of his freshman season behind Jake Fromm at Georgia, Justin Fields decided to transfer to Ohio State and win the starting job. Since then, he’s been one of the most dynamic and dangerous players in the country. He’s 3rd in touchdowns with 33 despite being tied for 76th in passing attempts. He’s also provided explosiveness on the ground, compiling nearly 500 rush yards and 10 rushing touchdowns thus far.
Even more important than stats, Fields has been winning games. He’s led Ohio State to an unbeaten record and will look to stay that way all the way to a college football playoff birth. Fields is the only non-draft eligible player on this list, and will likely be the favorite to win the award next year. He should be in attendance for the 2019 Heisman ceremony and the 2020 one as well.
#3. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
Any time you lead all of college football in yards from scrimmage, you’re going to be a Heisman finalist. Hubbard has been on a tear this season. What’s even more impressive is the he’s done it without much help. Oklahoma St. has dealt with poor QB play all season, and about midway through their season, the Cowboys lost their top receiver Tylan Wallace to an ACL injury. Hubbard has been the main focus of defenses, and still has yet to be stopped.
Unfortunately for Hubbard, it’s unlikely he wins the award because his team hasn’t had the same success as the other potential finalists. At 8-3, Hubbard’s Oklahoma State not only has the worst record, but they’re the only team mentioned on this list with a loss. Hubbard also plays running back, an increasingly devalued position that doesn’t majorly impact the win-loss column as much as others.
#2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The major surprise of this list. How can the best offensive player in the country fall to #2? Well, we’ll talk about that later. For now, lets talk about just how amazing Burrow has been. Among players with at least 200 pass attempts, Burrow is 2nd in pass yards, 1st in completion percentage, 2nd in touchdowns, 2nd in interceptions, and 2nd in passer rating. He’s also provided a number of big plays with his feet, including a pair of huge runs on the final drive to beat Alabama.
Burrow has comfortably been the best and most consistent QB in college football. He’s a favorite to go first overall and is currently the lead man of the best team in the country. He’s played with a level of moxie that makes him lovable while also being a fierce competitor. Burrow is currently the favorite to be the announced the winner at the 2019 Heisman ceremony. However, his eyes are likely more focused on trying to win a national championship.
#1. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
The 2019 Heisman ceremony will be where the most outstanding player in college football for the 2019 season is announced. There will be excellent players in attendance, and none have been more outstanding than Chase Young. Young has been on a tear all season. He’s broken records, and cemented fear in the hearts of every offensive coordinator he faces.
Young waited to play his best football until the end of the season. In his last two games, against Wisconsin and Penn State, Young has accumulated 15 tackles, 7 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Those are two perennial Big Ten powerhouses and both teams have been in the AP top 5 this season. Young has played dominant football and has comfortably been the most outstanding player in all of college football. Only one defensive player has ever won the Heisman, and Chase Young deserves to be the second.