Stephen Cohn: Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma QB)
I did this last year. I said Kyler Murray would win the Heisman. Did anyone see that coming? Absolutely not. Now, I don’t know if anyone would be FLOORED if Hurts won the Heisman, but it certainly would be surprising. But something about Lincoln Riley’s offense and the Big 12 and how the past few years have played out makes me think Hurts can be the guy in 2019. Make me proud, Jalen.
Tristen Kissack: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)
I mean, come on. Who else are you gonna take? Did you watch what this kid did to Alabama last year? AS A FRESHMAN. I bought all the Trevor Lawrence stock already. Scouts raved over him last year. Hell, he would’ve been the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, the coming year’s draft, and he WILL be the No. 1 pick by the time he leaves as a junior. If he decided to stay all four years, we could actually be talking about Trevor Lawrence being the greatest college football player of all time. This one’s a no brainer to me.
Raul Rodriguez: D’Andre Swift (Georgia RB)
As a UF alum, I really hope this doesn’t happen but, nonetheless, I am predicting that D’Andre Swift will win the Heisman. He is one of the most explosive players in CFB. He reminds me a little of Reggie Bush with his ability to cut while going full speed. He is also running behind one of the best OLs in CFB and UGA, is all of a sudden very young at WR and TE. So, expect UGA to find creative ways to get Swift the ball and to use him in a way that, by the end of 2019, leaves there is no doubt that he’s the best player in CFB.
Michael Berns: Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma QB)
2017 winner — Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma. 2018 winner — Kyler Murray, Oklahoma. 2019 winner — ????. Notice a pattern? Jalen Hurts is poised to have a massive, massive year under head coach and quarterback guru Lincoln Riley. Riley’s quarterbacks are more than athletic runners who pass the ball 40, 50 times a game — they are students of the game and understand all of the nuances of breaking down opponents on film and then exploiting weaknesses on gameday. In three years at Alabama (against SEC defenses!), Hurts had 48 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions. He’s experienced, naturally talented and will flourish in a weak Big 12 and in a non-conference schedule that includes games against Houston (dangerous!), South Dakota (FCS) and UCLA (3-9 in 2018). If OU cranks out three straight Heisman Trophy winners at the quarterback position — is there any doubt who the best offensive mind in the college game is right now?
Kyle Huisinga: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)
This might be the easiest pick to make. Clemson will once again be a national title threat, and Lawrence will put up video game numbers in a weak conference on the Tigers’ way to an unbeaten season. This has been a quarterback award for awhile now, and Lawrence is the best QB in the country. If anything, the schedule might hurt him a bit, but I don’t see too many contenders on the horizon. Justin Herbert from Oregon or Tua Tagovailoa might be there, however I don’t see them putting up the pure passing numbers Lawrence will possess at season’s end. It’ll be the coronation year for the likely top pick in the 2021 draft.
Drew Pastorek: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)
I’m almost in lock-step with Tristen and Kyle. Clemson enters the season as the No. 1 team in the country and the Tigers have the luxury of lining up with the best quarterback in the country. The ACC is dreck and Lawrence should be able to feast on opposing defenses. Tua will deservedly be in the conversation, but I don’t think Hurts is a good enough passer to vault to the top of the list. Lawrence appears to be a generational talent. The Heisman will be a nice feather in the Clemson QB’s cap before he leaves for the XFL next season ;-)
Steve Braun: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)
I don’t think he’ll deserve it, but think of the alternatives: Hurts is going to have to really blow Murray/Mayfield out of the water to win it because they’re not going to want to do this three times in a row. The “Bama RB” option went out the window a few years ago when they started stockpiling 5 star RB’s to keep them fresh, but Tua Tagovailoa won’t throw as much as Lawrence because Nick Saban remains committed to clock control. No RB is winning the Heisman again without getting at least 250 carries, and none of the national title contenders are going to give it to a back that many times. By process of elimination, it has to be Trevor Lawrence. Fun is illegal.