Welcome back, college football. A new season brings about new Heisman hopefuls.
Week 1 solidified the campaigns of a few Heisman hopeful QBs – Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson all put on electric performances. But, it nearly ended the campaign of the most hyped QB of the offseason, Sam Darnold.
Four fantastic QBs suited up for the first game of the season and nearly all of them delivered exciting games.
The Heisman race has begun.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
Baker Mayfield certainly put on a show in Norman. The Sooners blew out UTEP, a team that has struggled to create an effective passing game, in a 56-7 decision. Mayfield set a school record for most completions to start a game with 16. He finished the match with 19-20 passing for 329 yards and 3 TDs. Not too shabby considering OU was playing its first game under new head coach Lincoln Riley.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
Oklahoma State made a statement in week one, putting up 59-points on a Tulsa team that won 10 games last season. Senior QB Mason Rudolph, who was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, showed Heisman voters why he belongs in the running for the prestigious award. Rudolph went 20-24 for 303 yards, 3 TDs, 0 int., 3 yards rushing for 1 TD.
Sam Darnold, USC, QB
Perhaps, the most hyped Heisman contender in the offseason, Sam Darnold’s lackluster passing performance in week 1 left fans scratching their heads. The Trojans nearly defeated Western Michigan at the Coliseum. It took a fourth quarter surge to seal the deal for USC. Sam Darnold was 23-33 passing for 289 yards, 0 TDs, 2 int., and 2 sacks. Darnold did have 1 rushing TD, but finished the match with -6 yards rushing. Not the performance you would expect from the AP First Team QB.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
Returning Heisman winner shut haters up on Saturday showing why he belongs in the Heisman conversation. Lamar Jackson solidified his position as one of the most explosive athletes in college football. In an entertaining 35-28 victory over Purdue, the Heisman winner went 30-46 for 378 yards, 2 TDs, 0 int., 0 sacks and 107 yards rushing.
** The above list is in no particular order & contains only Heisman contending QBs. **