NCAA Football: Five Sleepers for the Heisman Trophy

With College football around the corner, it’s time to look forward to potential Heisman trophy winners. We’re not here to talk about Tua Tagovailoa or Trevor Lawrence, we’re here to look at five Heisman sleepers going into 2019.

Justin Herbert QB – Oregon

Herbert has come into Oregon and brought them back to relevancy. After throwing for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior Herbert is ready to take the next step. Herbert didn’t receiver any votes just a season ago but is looking to bring another Heisman back to Oregon and the first one since 2014 when Marcus Mariota won it. A lot of people may look at Herbert as a favorite to win but he fits better in the cast of five Heisman sleepers.

Sam Ehlinger QB – Texas

Hook em horns, and watch this kid take over college football. Ehlinger is entering his junior season at Texas and is ready to put the Big 12 on notice. Texas hasn’t had a Heisman winner since 1998 with Ricky Williams which is hard to believe. Ehlinger threw for 3,292 yards and 25 touchdowns a season ago and could top those numbers this season. It’s very possible that we see three consecutive Heisman winners in from the Big 12. 

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Jerry Jeudy WR – Alabama

While Jeudy’s teammate Tagovailoa is the current favorite to win the Heisman Jeudy could steal the award from him. Jeudy is a big-play receiver with the kind of speed that makes covering him very difficult. In his Sophomore season, Jeudy caught 68 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jeudy solidified himself as the best receiver in college football a season ago but still lands on my list of five Heisman sleepers. Watch for Jeudy to have a monster season and raise his draft stock for next season. 

D’Andre Swift RB – Georgia

Swift comes into 2019 as a top 5 running back in college football. The University of Georgia hasn’t had a Heisman winner since 1982 when Herschel Walker brought home the hardware. Swift could change that for the Bulldogs this season. After rushing for 1,049 yards, and 10 touchdowns Swift is ready to make himself a household name. I’m fully banking of Swift having one of the best seasons in all of college football and could help Georgia bring home a National Championship.

J.K. Dobbins RB – Ohio State

This one pains me being a Penn State fan, but Dobbins talent is hard to overlook. Both Dobbins and teammate quarterback Justin Fields could be considered in the five sleepers list but I like Dobbins skills a lot. Dobbins only ran for 1,053 yards and a touchdown a year ago but the Ohio State offense relied more on then quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Watch for Dobbins to come out and shred the Big 10 defenses across the board and make a name for himself outside of Colombus.

Honorable Mentions – Justin Fields QB Ohio State, Tate Martell QB Miami, Jake Fromm QB Georgia, Travis Etienne RB Clemson

This will be the year of the quarterbacks. Everyone in America has either Tua, or Trevor Lawrence inked into their Heisman Trophy picks for good reason. While I kept this to only five Heisman sleepers this list could go on even further.

Who do you see as a sleeper for the Heisman Trophy? Leave a comment below.

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