Here's how MSU's Kenneth Walker compares to other Heisman Trophy finalist RBs in past years
Michigan State’s star running back Kenneth Walker III added to his Heisman Trophy campaign with a monster performance in Saturday’s 37-33 win over rival Michigan.
The Athletic’s Colton Pouncy showed how Walker, who rushed for 197 yards and five TDs against the Wolverines, compared to recent Heisman running back finalists through eight games. He has rushed for 1,194 yards and 14 TDs so far this season.
Here’s how Kenneth Walker III stacks up against recent Heisman Trophy RB finalists through eight games.
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Walker’s main competition for the Heisman includes Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral (who missed part of Saturday’s loss to Auburn with an apparent ankle injury) and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud.
The Heisman has been awarded to a running back 45 times, but Walker would be bucking recent history if he won it this year. The last running back to win the Heisman was Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015.
If Walker keeps producing and stays healthy for the Spartans (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten), he will definitely get an invite to the Heisman ceremony in New York. Michigan State closes the regular season with games against Purdue, Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State.