CBS Sports tabs three B1G players as Heisman Trophy 'dark-horse candidates'
We all know who the favorites are to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields are the leaders in the clubhouse when it comes to preseason expectations.
Sometimes, though, a Heisman Trophy candidate will come out of nowhere. We learned that this past season, when LSU’s Joe Burrow emerged as the best player in college football after a solid season with the Tigers in 2018.
Yes, we all knew that Burrow was good, but nobody expected him to be that good.
Could there be another dark-horse candidate who could win the Heisman this year? In a recent story, CBS Sports labeled five players who could be underdog candidates to claim college football’s most prestigious individual award. Three of the names on that list came from the B1G.
- Dylan McCaffrey, QB, Michigan — +7500
- Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota — +12500
- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue — +15000
McCaffrey might be the one odd ball of the mix, as he has yet to win the starting job in Michigan’s quarterback race this offseason. He’ll be battling with Joe Milton for the No. 1 spot under center as the Wolverines look to replace Shea Patterson.
Morgan is coming off a huge season at Minnesota, leading the Golden Gophers to an 11-2 record. He threw for 3,253 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing passes at a 66 percent clip for the year. With some help from a talented group of receivers, the Minnesota QB could have another big year.
At Purdue, Moore was a Heisman candidate entering the 2019 season but his year was derailed four games in after suffering a season-ending leg injury. Still, folks look at the wide receiver’s freshman campaign as a reason behind his candidacy for the award, totaling a B1G-best 1,258 receiving yards, 12 touchdown catches and 114 receptions in 2018.
The two non-B1G candidates are Kedon Slovis (USC, QB) and Ja’Marr Chase (LSU, WR).