We are starting a new, hopefully weekly throughout the season, poll of some friends of the site on who their Top 5 Heisman contenders are. This is our preseason ranking. Check out the podcast above where Nachmany Football’s Eli Nachmany and Albert Nachmany go through the results.
5. QB Trace McSorley, Penn State
The main question with McSorley is whether he was simply a complementary piece to Saquon Barkley. If he is a star in his own right, 2018 is his year to show out and make a case for the Heisman Trophy. Losing Barkley, DaeSean Hamilton, and Mike Gesicki will hurt.
4. QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Grier snagged two first-place votes in our poll, but did not get any love from the other voters. He will rack up numbers in a Big 12 not known for great defense, but a strong year from West Virginia would get Grier some real spotlight in 2018.
3. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Wisconsin may have the best offensive line in college football – combine that key fact with the team’s run-heavy scheme and Taylor’s great talent, and college football fans should look out for this New Jersey native as a possible Heisman winner. He almost eclipsed 2,000 yards rushing in 2017, and there is reason to believe he can do it this year.
2. QB McKenzie Milton, UCF
Coming off of a National Championship season, Milton deserves a look as a potential Heisman winner for 2018. He will probably need to win a bunch of games to get the kind of attention that a successful Heisman campaign for a Group of 5 player requires, but Milton is a prolific quarterback who can do it all.
1. RB Bryce Love, Stanford
Since Cam Newton won the award in 2010, only one running back has won the Heisman Trophy: Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015. That said, Love was last year’s runner-up and deserves to go into the 2018 season as the frontrunner. A 2,000-plus-yard rusher for a solid Stanford team, Love was tremendous in 2017, and all eyes are on Palo Alto to see if this running back can take home the hardware.