It’s never too early to talk about the Heisman Trophy race. It’s not that we know who the winner will be once the season is complete, but after the last few seasons, you can tell that a good start can set the tone for a glorious year. No longer are the days when newcomers aren’t ready to win the Heisman Award.
Kenny Hill got the college football world buzzing with a 511 yard passing and three touchdown day in the upset of South Carolina on Thursday night. If this is a sign of things to come, there’s no question that Hill will be in the running for the Heisman Trophy Award.
However, he wasn’t the only SEC player to make huge plays in a dominant win. Todd Gurley ran through, around, and over Clemson’s defense and special teams on Saturday. If there ever was a case to make for a running back in 2014, Gurley might be the best chance to capture the award in 2014.
Here is the Week one Heisman Trophy Top 10.
1. Todd Gurley- Georgia: Georgia was in a tough battle with Clemson for the entire first half, but the Tigers had no answer for Todd Gurley at all. The Georgia running backs gashed Clemson for 198 yards rushing on 15 carries and three touchdowns. He added a 100 yard kickoff return for good measure. Four touchdowns to start the season in a high profile game is great.
2. Kenny Hill- Texas A&M: Kenny Hill dominated the South Carolina defense while completing 44/66 passes for 511 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and didn’t have an interception in a road game.
3. Jameis Winston- Florida State: Jameis Winston had two interceptions, but ran for a tremendous touchdown run with the game in the balance. He was 25/40 passing for 370 yards and a touchdown.
4. Marcus Mariota- Oregon: Marcus Mariota had a productive passing game on limited opportunities. He completed 14/20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Mariota also scored a rushing touchdown.
5. Ameer Abdullah- Nebraska: Ameer Abdullah surpassed the 200 yard mark to open the season for the Cornhuskers. He finished with 21 carries and 232 yards. Abdullah scored one touchdown in the blowout win over FAU.
6. T.J. Yeldon- Alabama: The Alabama starting running back started the season off right with a nice game vs. West Virginia. Yeldon had a workman like 23 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
7. Taysom Hill- BYU: Taysom Hill threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns for the BYU Cougars. He also didn’t throw an interception. Hill kept his running game strong with 97 yards and two touchdowns
8. Marlon Mack- South Florida: South Florida’s running back Marlon Mack deserves to be on this list for leading the nation in rushing on week one. Mack finished with 275 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns.
9. Connor Halliday- Washington State: Connor Halliday is going to sling the ball all season long. In his first game, he completed 40/56 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns. He also accounted for one interception in the three point loss to Rutgers.
10. Rashad Greene- Florida State: Greene was the best offensive player for Florida State on Saturday night. He accounted for 11 catches and 203 yards with one touchdown. Greene is a legitimate dark horse to win the Heisman.