Week four was similar to week three in college football as quarterbacks continued strengthen their Heisman campaigns. With some returning names on the list, let’s dive into the “Heisman performances” that went down this past weekend.
Dwayne Haskins – Quarterback – Ohio State
Week 4 vs. Tulane: 21-24, 304 yards and 5 touchdowns
He’s back, again. Haskins has been on my list every week and my current favorite to win the trophy for his off the chart numbers over his first four games. Haskins now has thrown for 16 touchdowns and 1194 yards. These numbers were expected, as the Buckeyes have had an easy schedule, besides TCU in week three, who was ranked 15th at the time. Haskins looked sharp coming out against Tulane, completing all four passes on the opening drive which ended in a 14 yard touchdown to receiver Parris Campbell. Haskins hooked up with Campbell again later in the first quarter, floating a 37 yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. Haskins continued to coast, ultimately being taken out at the half. Expect Haskins to play the entire game in a tough matchup against 9th ranked Penn State this Saturday night. The game is on the road and is the infamous “whiteout” game in Beaver Stadium. This is Haskin’s first big test as a starter, and the first concern of him coming off of my heisman radar.
Will Grier – Quarterback – West Virginia
Week 4 vs. Kansas State: 25/35, 356 yards and 5 touchdowns
Grier is back on the list for obvious reasons, as the quarterback torched the Kansas State defense this past weekend. Grier has helped West Virginia move to the 12th seed in the country, after being ranked 17th in the preseason. Grier came out firing as usual against Kansas State, throwing an 82 yard touchdown pass to receiver Marcus Simms in the first quarter. Grier looked like he was showing off all afternoon, as he continued to loft the ball over the Kansas State defense throughout the game. Grier now has moved into 4th place all time in career passing touchdowns at West Virginia with 48. Grier and the Mountaineers will have a tough task this weekend, as they travel to Lubbock to face off against the 25th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Tua Tagovailoa – Quarterback – Alabama
Week 4 vs. Texas A&M: 22-30, 387 yards, and 4 touchdowns
Tua tagged along with the starting off hot trend as he threw for a 30 yard touchdown pass on Alabama’s first offensive play after an early interception. Tua also ran for a touchdown, faking the defense out as he faked the handoff and split out to the left side running in for the one yard touchdown run. Similar to Haskins, Tua only played the first half, but still had time to add to his Heisman campaign. Texas A&M came in ranked 22nd in the nation, but was no match for Tua and the Crimson Tide who outscored the Aggies 45-23. Expect Tua to only get a half of play again in week five, as the Crimson Tide host the 1-2 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.
Drew Lock – Quarterback – Missouri
Week 4 vs. Georgia: 23-48, 221 yards, 0 touchdowns
While the numbers against Georgia were not pretty by any means, Lock has a decent four games and deserves a spot on the radar. There’s a reason Lock wasn’t able to put up his usual numbers in week four, as Georgia is ranked 2nd in the nation and came into the matchup having only allowed 24 points in their first three games. Lock has looked impressive though this season, throwing for 1283 yards through his first four games and 11 touchdowns after his first three. Lock has a tough schedule ahead of him, as the Tigers will be on the road at South Carolina and Alabama after an off week this weekend. I think the pin point game for Lock is on the road at Alabama. If he can put up big numbers and keep Mizzou in the game, expect to see him back on the list in a couple of weeks.