The Last time a Pac-12 player won the Heisman Trophy was in 2014 when Marcus Mariota quarterback from Oregon. It is likely that a Pac-12 player will not take the trophy this year either, but here are some the players that could be in the running.
Justin Herbert Quarterback Oregon
Last season Herbert threw for 3,151 passing yards, and 29 touchdowns passes. His completion percentage was down to 59 percent, not that good. But some of it was contributed to the Ducks receivers dropping passes. The Ducks coaching staff counted 52 dropped passes last season. Herbert has the experience, the arm talent, and five returning starters to the offensive line to put up big numbers. The only thing is Herbert has to groom a group of unproven receivers, and the playcalling needs to be more creative.
Eno Benjamin Running Back Arizona State
Benjamin ran for over 1,600 yards last season for Arizona State. With N’Keal Harry and Manny Wilkins gone, it could mean more carries for Benjamin. Also, on the flipside with those two guys gone, opposing defenses could key on Benjamin and slow him down. It will be interesting to see what kind of season Benjamin has.
K.J. Costello Quarterback Stanford
Costello threw for 3,450 passing yards, 29 touchdowns on 65 percent passing. It was Costello first season as a starter. With most of Stanford’s skill players moving on to the NFL, it will be tough for Costello to duplicate the 2018 season. Also, Stanford has a brutal schedule, if Costello can get through this, his stock will go up.
Zack Moss Running Back Utah
Moss thrived last season when the Utes upped his workload, he ran for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Utah committed to the run late last season, but they also like to spread the ball around in the passing game. Doing that will open up running lanes for Moss to get yards. The Utes should have a good season so it will attract people to look at Moss as a possible Heisman candidate.
Jacob Eason Quarterback Washington
Eason is my Sleeper, he is 6’6 228 pounds and has a cannon for an arm. Eason is as a transfer from Georgia and should upgrade the Washington Huskies passing attack. With a solid offensive line and a talented receiving group, Eason should thrive in Washington. Another critical factor is Eason has name recognition from the southeast to possibly get Heisman attention.
Lamarr Fields is a big time college football fan, covering all things Pac-12 for Saturday Tailgate