SEC's return to action results in 2 league QBs making CBS Sports' Heisman Watch
When Heisman Trophy projections were out this summer, the SEC had a few players consistently mentioned among the likes of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. But after Week 1 of SEC action, there is quite the addition to the Heisman race.
Mike Leach’s Air Raid QB K.J. Costello of Mississippi State is leading the pack, at least according to CBS Sports as it released the latest Heisman Watch. Texas avoiding an upset last week with the help of QB Sam Ehlinger, and new Miami QB D’Eriq King is another dynamic newcomer to his team making an offensive splash early.
Florida QB Kyle Trask, even though the Gators put up huge numbers at Ole Miss, was not even the highest-ranked player from the Sunshine State. He had to defer to Dillon Gabriel at UCF.
It will likely be a week of national awards for Costello, who already picked up the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week from the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Sunday. En route to the Bulldogs’ 44-34 win over LSU, the Stanford transfer threw for an SEC-record 623 yards, by going 36-of-60 with 5 touchdowns. He becomes only the third Mississippi State player to win the honor.
Similarly, Trask in a 51-35 Florida win over Ole Miss, finished with career highs for passing yards (416) and passing touchdowns (6). Those numbers were put up by 30 completions, which tied a career-high.
Trask became the sixth player in Gators history to throw 6 touchdown passes in a game; he is the first Gator QB to throw 6 TDs since Chris Leak (Nov. 13, 2004 against South Carolina).
Week 4 Heisman Watch
1. KJ Costello, Miss St
2. Sam Ehlinger, Texas
3. D’Eriq King, Miami
4. Dillon Gabriel, UCF
5. Kyle Trask, Florida
6. Shane Buechele, SMU
7. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 27, 2020