Due to the pandemic, many people were scared that there would not be a College Football season this year, but by using different strategies the NCAA was able to find ways to play safely. This season had a few big names, as they were all gunning for the Heisman trophy.
Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, was the outright favorite to win the Heisman coming into this season. Compiling over 6,000 passing yards and 60 touchdowns his first two seasons, Lawrence was poised for another standout year and a good chance of winning the Heisman. Trevor Lawrence, as expected, had another great season and made a compelling case for the Heisman, but with a midseason COVID case, he missed two games and was in the same boat with Fields, dramatically decreasing his chances to win not having enough games to justify giving him the Heisman.
Another favorite coming into this season was Justin Fields. Fields posted 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns his sophomore season after transferring to Ohio State. Justin Fields’ weak Big 10schedule killed his chances at the Heisman, only playing nine regular-season games. To win the trophy, he needed to make a very clear case that he deserved it over everyone else, which he did not do. On the other hand, the duo of Mac Jones and Devonta Smith from Alabama tore up the league, leading Alabama to a flawless 13-0 record and a National Championship. The duo connected for over 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns over the course of the season.
In the end, Devonta Smith was chosen as the Heisman winner. Behind Smith, Lawrence placed 2nd, Jones 3rd, and Fields 4th. The Heisman has been dominated by players who play the quarterback position in years past, showing how dominant Smith was. His dominance this season was so influential that he was able to beat out arguably the three best quarterbacks in college football this year. He is estimated as a high first-round pick for next year’s NFL draft and we will see how he stacks up against the NFL’s best next year.