NCAA Football: Ranking the 7 early potential Heisman Trophy candidates

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The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football. Every year, a new winner is voted on by the media and former Heisman winners. LSU’s Joe Burrow easily took home the award in 2019. Now, fans are looking forward to who could claim college football’s greatest prize in 2020.

More than seven individuals will duck in and out of the Heisman race this season, but the following players seem primed for runs at the award. For perspective, eight of the players who finished in the top ten for votes last year received at least one first-place selection.

Eight players claimed first-place selections, but Burrow won the 2019 Heisman in a landslide. Voters order their top three picks for the award, and players receive points based on their placements on those lists. Burrow finished with 2,608 points. Jalen Hurts came in second with 762.

In the past, voting has been much closer. For instance, in 2015, three players finished with over 1,000 points. Derrick Henry won the Heisman with 1,832 points, but Christian McCaffrey (1,539 points) and Deshaun Watson (1,165) also garnered plenty of votes.

Out of the top ten players from the 2019 voting, only four players did not enter the NFL Draft. All four appear in this article as early candidates for the upcoming voting cycle. However, keep an eye out for the players who can rise from obscurity to college football stardom, just like Burrow did last year.