Top 3 Heisman Candidates Following Week 4
The college football season is entering Week 5 and there are four in the rearview that show bodies of work for Heisman candidates all over the nation.
As the calendar prepares to turn to October, the full month of action gives a glimpse on who could contend for the Heisman Trophy come the end of the year. Below, take a look at three candidates who could be raising the trophy in 2023.
Quinn Ewers, Texas
Ewers provided an early-season Heisman moment by turning in a flawless performance in a win on the road against Alabama. He finished 24-for-28 for 349 yards and three touchdowns.
On the year, Ewers has totaled 1,033 passing yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions through four games. This is an average of slightly over 250 passing yards per game and two touchdowns. Ewers is playing mistake-free football and is looking like one of the top players in the nation for a Longhorn team that is looking to run through the Big 12.
As good as Ewers has been, the quarterback position has some options with even bigger numbers to this point. If he continues on this road and can get Texas to the CFB Playoff, Ewers might receive an invitation.
Caleb Williams, USC
Williams has a chance to become the second player in history to win the Heisman twice and do it in back-to-back years, joining Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1974 & 1975).
This season, Williams has picked up right where he left off. Williams has totaled 1,200 passing yards and 15 touchdowns to no interceptions through four games. He has added three rushing scores. USC is averaging 54 points per game and is looking like one of the best offenses in the nation.
Williams has one Heisman under his belt and is looking for his second. If he continues to put up these type of numbers, it is possible.
Michael Penix Jr., Washington
The surprise candidate and new betting favorite to win the award is Penix Jr.
Since transferring to Washington, the former Indiana quarterback has revived his career and taken it to the next level. The Huskies are scoring at a high rate led by Penix Jr. He has thrown for 1,636 yards and 16 touchdowns, which are both the most in the country through four games.
Penix Jr. is averaging 409 yards per game with four touchdowns. He threw a season-high five touchdowns in a season-opening win over Boise St. and set a new high with 473 passing yards against Michigan St.
The pace that Penix Jr. is playing at makes him a legitimate contender and the favorite by some tooth’s point of the season.
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