The most coveted award in college football is the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman has been awarded to some of the most prolific and exciting college football players in history. Some of the winners have gone on to NFL stardom, and some have never seen their careers take off. This is who I believe will win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
The Winner: Leonard Fournette – LSU
This is the running back that has all the tools necessary to become not only the Heisman trophy winner, but Rookie Of The Year in the NFL. He is one in a handful of collegiate running backs that can carry a football team.
In the 2015 season, Fournette had a November that wasn’t the greatest, in fact, a little questionable. But, the whole team had quite a bit to do with that. It is a team game and without the blocking necessary to get him to the next level of the defense it’s tough for him to break out big runs. Once he gets in the open field the defenders better get a little help since he will run over the first one he sees.
The quarterback play for Fournette will be better and there will be plenty of talent on the field from the TE to WR position. That area of talent will open up the field for Fournette, and he will make the most of it. He will have a season that fans will always remember.
1. Deshaun Watson – Clemson
This is going to be a close race. I see it being neck-and-neck all season long. Watson is going to have a ton of offensive firepower back with him, especially at the skill positions. But, there is a small offensive line issue with many leaving to go to the NFL, so the skill players will have to produce.
On the defensive side of the ball, there are some problems. The D-line has lost many to the draft and that is on each level of defense. They are going to have to retool and be ready to keep the other defense from scoring. If they can’t, then Watson and crew will be on the field more than they want to but that may just pad Watson’s numbers.
2. Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
This guy broke all sorts of records, like the FBS single-season all-purpose yards record. That is a tough feat in college football. Even though I didn’t pick him to win the Heisman, he is going to be leaned on more this year since QB Kevin Hogan is gone.
Trying to repeat numbers from last year is going to be tough, especially when they lost four offensive lineman that opened huge holes for him to run through. But this guy is special, and he just might do it this year.
3. Dalvin Cook – Florida State
He is the most explosive running back in the country, but he is injury prone. He also finished 7th last year in the Heisman voting. But the best thing for Cook is he is going to have all the offensive line back this year to give him what could be a year to remember. And, since they have issues at quarterback, they will rely on Cook to lead them this year. Not a lock to win the Heisman, but darn close.