Paul Finebaum says Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields currently above the rest in Heisman race
The Heisman Trophy conversations have mostly circulated around two quarterbacks: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. That’s how it’s been since the end of the last season, and those two will probably continue to be the primary focus of the discussion for several weeks.
Both Lawrence and Fields are considered to be the best at their craft and are leading two of the best programs in the country. While there have certainly been some noteworthy up-and-coming candidates through the first few weeks of the season, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum says those two are the primary contenders right now.
“I still think you have to put Trevor Lawrence at the top of that,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s First Take. “He had a little bit of a shaky year last year, he lost one game, the final game of the year. Just Fields, and then I think it’s wide open. I like Najee Harris from Alabama. I think he’s going to get big — now, he’s going to be in competition with a couple of wide receivers on that team, so that could hurt him a little bit. But right now, I think those are the three.
Lawrence and the Tigers have already played two games this, while Alabama kicked off its year last Saturday against Missouri. Ohio State doesn’t open play until Oct. 24.
In Clemson’s wins over Wake Forest and The Citadel, Lawrence has thrown for 519 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions while completing a blistering 81.1% of his passes. He’s also accounted for 3 rushing scores.
Harris shined bright in Alabama’s season-opening victory over Missouri Saturday, totaling 98 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries in a 38-19 victory. He also caught 2 passes for 8 yards.
Fields and the Buckeyes begin the season against Nebraska on Oct. 24.