Heisman Watch

ESPN Experts' Poll

Oct. 16, 2018
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Soph. 9 1 0 0 0 49
Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State Soph. 1 5 3 1 0 36
Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma Jr. 0 3 4 3 0 30
Ed Oliver DT Houston Jr. 0 1 1 2 2 13
Darrell Henderson RB Memphis Jr. 0 0 1 2 1 8
Justin Herbert QB Oregon Jr. 0 0 1 1 1 6
McKenzie Milton QB UCF Jr. 0 0 0 1 1 3
Will Grier QB West Virginia Sr. 0 0 0 0 3 3
Travis Etienne RB Clemson Soph. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin Soph. 0 0 0 0 1 1

ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Joel Anderson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, David M. Hale, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter

Tracking the Candidates

1. Tua Tagovailoa QB ALA
A huge groan reverberated throughout the state of Alabama when Tagovailoa left the Missouri game on Saturday in the third quarter after aggravating a knee sprain. Coach Nick Saban didn't sound concerned afterward, and the good news for the Crimson Tide is that they face Tennessee this week and then get an open date before going to LSU. Tagovailoa has been magical for Alabama. Through his first five games, he had a 95.5 QBR rating, the highest for any quarterback in the 15 seasons that the metric has been tracked. He has accounted for 23 touchdowns and has still yet to take a snap in the fourth quarter. -- Chris Low

GPCMP%PaYdPaTDRAT
10/13 vs MIZ154.52653200.7
Season771.5176021248.1

Next Game: 10/20 @ TENN

2. Dwayne Haskins QB OSU
A lot of things -- the running game and rush defense to name a couple -- didn't look right for Ohio State against Minnesota, but Haskins continued to look crisp through the air. He and K.J. Hill hooked up for two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter that finally put away the Badgers.

GPCMP%PaYdPaTDRAT
10/13 vs MINN175.04123176.2
Season772.3233128188.1

Next Game: 10/20 @ PUR

3. Kyler Murray QB OKLA
After the loss to Texas in Week 6, Murray and Oklahoma had the week off to lick their wounds. The Sooners travel to Fort Worth to take on 3-3 TCU on Saturday.

GPCMP%PaYdPaTDRAT
10/6 vs TEX173.13044214.4
Season671.1176421227.8

Next Game: 10/20 @ TCU

4. Ed Oliver DT HOU
Nearly unblockable in one-on-one situations, the 6-foot-3, 292-pound Oliver has been as advertised this season. He has 11.5 tackles for loss through the Cougars' first six games and nine quarterback hurries, despite constantly facing double teams. Invariably, there will be comparisons between Oliver and other disruptive defensive tackles who've gone on to stardom in the NFL; the way Oliver plays hard on every down and puts so much pressure on opposing offensive lines makes him one of the premier defenders in college football. -- Chris Low

GPTackINTSack
10/13 @ ECU1602.0
Season64602.0

Next Game: 10/20 @ NAVY

5. Darrell Henderson RB MEM
If he were playing for Alabama or Ohio State, Henderson would be right there at the top of the Heisman Trophy polls and may be anyway by season's end. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound junior running back has put up eye-popping numbers for the Tigers. He has 1,133 rushing yards (averaging 10.3 yards per carry) and leads the country in all-purpose yards (1,435) and touchdowns (15). And you want explosive plays? Henderson also leads the country with eight plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or longer. -- Chris Low

GPATTRuYdAVGRuTD
10/13 vs UCF1311996.41
Season7110113310.313

Next Game: 10/20 @ MIZ

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