David Pollack explains why Georgia RB D'Andre Swift can win the 2019 Heisman Trophy
Since 2006, only two non-quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy award, and they were both Alabama running backs — Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.
This year, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence are the favorites to win the award, but ESPN analyst David Pollack has a sleeper in mind.
While appearing on “College Football Live” on ESPN this week, Pollack said Georgia RB D’Andre Swift could be a dark horse candidate to win the trophy (via 247Sports):
“First of all, this has turned into a quarterback award,” Pollack said. “It just is. It’s turned into that. I think this year might be different, and I say that for one reason. Most of these quarterbacks that are winning the Heisman are because they are running quarterbacks and dual-threats. I don’t think we’re going to see Tua run for a lot of yards. I don’t think we’re going to see that in Trevor Lawrence. I think that opens the door for a team that’s going to be great in Georgia with the best offensive line in the country, with a guy who can catch it out of the backfield and who pile up some receiving yards, and a guy who can make the wow plays. This guy D’Andre Swift is one of the best playmakers in college football. Big, physical, and can do it all.
“I think last year being unhealthy and this year being back to full speed, I think he’s going to have a sensational season. He’s going to be one of those guys where maybe the running back spot will be more valued because there are less rushing quarterbacks at the top.”
That’s an interesting point about guys like Tagovailoa and Lawrence not having many rushing yards, opening the door for someone like Swift to swoop in. Swift is a dual-threat back, as he’s a talented receiver as well.
Swift ran for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding 297 yards and three scores as a receiver. He battled injuries at times in 2018, though, so we’ll see if he can stay fully healthy this fall.