Every summer we come up with a Heisman Trophy list. It’s a media thing we do, wondering who will be named the best player in college football.
The hot names for this fall will be Christian McCaffery of Stanford. The running back was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year. Clemson’s all everything QB DeShaun Watson almost led the Tigers to the national championship. He was sensational in the title game loss to Alabama.
But what about the underdogs? Guys who will fly under the radar and possibily put together an outstanding season to get invited to New York. It happened with Johnny Manziel and James Winston.
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Pro Football Focus thinks TCU QB Kenny Hill is one of the top seven players who we should keep tabs on. Hill could be TCU's second winner of the Heisman following Davey O'Brien.
Here’s what they said about him:
"Hill sat out last year after transferring from Texas A&M, but there are reasons to be bullish on his 2016 season with the Horned Frogs. For starters, he earned the No. 21 passing grade in the country two seasons ago in just eight games, even out-ranking eventual No. 1 pick Jameis Winston, who played nearly twice as many snaps for Florida State. Hill was one of the most accurate QBs in the country that year, and he’ll be replacing a former Heisman contender in Trevone Boykin who excelled in TCU’s offense in 2015, ranking seventh in overall quarterback grades and fourth in adjusted completion percentage on deep balls."
BTW, the top player PFF listed as the dark horse candidate for the Heisman—Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
"Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson are deservedly getting a love of love in offseason Heisman polls, but it was Mayfield who earned the best passing grade among returning Power-5 QBs last year. A whopping 21 percent of his pass attempts traveled 20 or more yards downfield, but he still led the nation in adjusted completion percentage among returning QBs on those throws. (Translation: Expect some huge passing totals from Rudolph in 2016.) His biggest barrier to entry in the Heisman race will have to do with the Cowboys’ success this season, but their schedule is manageable, and he’ll have an opportunity to go head-to-head with Mayfield and the Sooners the last week of the season in a Heisman showcase game."