Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy. Here’s a look ahead to potential winners for next season.
Baker Mayfield [QB – Oklahoma] Mayfield put up Heisman-caliber numbers this season. He threw for 3,669 yards and 38 touchdowns. He led the nation in completion percentage, yards/attempt, and passer rating. Had Oklahoma had a better start to the season, Mayfield may have won.
Lamar Jackson [QB – Louisville] Jackson was a sophomore. He will be returning for another season. He should put up outstanding numbers again. But, it’s hard to win the award twice, and Jackson won’t have many opportunities to impress before a national audience.
Jake Browning [QB – Washington] Browning threw for 42 touchdowns and finished top 10 in yards/attempt and passer rating as a sophomore. He should have better name recognition entering his junior season, after leading Washington to the playoff.
Sam Darnold [QB – USC] Darnold had a strong freshman year, after taking over as starting quarterback. USC will be a hyped program entering next season with a high-powered offense. If the Trojans are in the playoff mix, Darnold will be in the Heisman discussion.
Jalen Hurts [QB – Alabama] True freshman quarterback. His team is an overwhelming favorite to win the national title. Now, he gets a full year to settle in. Needs to become more efficient in the passing game. Alabama probably won’t run him enough to take full statistical advantage of his legs.