Paul Finebaum outlines his Heisman Trophy contenders following the start of the season
There are multiple Heisman Trophy contenders who are sitting out this season because their conferences have elected to call off the season because of coronavirus concerns.
So with that in mind, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, on First Take, has focused his updated list of Heisman contenders to several players who have already started the season, or are set to begin next week. Finebaum said if Ohio State plays a season, QB Justin Fields is the biggest competition to front-runner Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback.
“After that, it’s open. Spencer Rattler, a great name for a Heisman winner if there’s ever been one, looked brilliant for Lincoln Riley, that’s not a big surprise, considering he’s had three consecutive finalists and two of the last three winners at OU,” Finebaum said. “I think (Sam) Ehlinger from Texas is someone to keep your eye on. Also, Travis Etienne from Clemson, on Trevor’s own team could be a threat, because he is that good, he is one of the best running backs in the country. And I’d also throw Najee Harris in from the University of Alabama. He is going to have a monster year.”
All eyes appear to be on Lawrence, so if Clemson doesn’t have any slip ups along the way, he should coast to the trophy ceremony in New York.