With No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Florida both winning last weekend, the SEC championship has officially become a showcase for the top two Heisman Trophy candidates: Gators quarterback Kyle Trask and the Crimson Tide’s Mac Jones.
Jones (4/7 odds) has passed Trask as the favorite (5/4), according to betonline.ag. Here’s our latest look at how Trask stacks up against Jones and the rest of the field as he tries to become the fourth Heisman winner in UF history:
Kyle Trask, Florida quarterback (nine games)
Touchdown passes: 38 (first nationally)
Completion percentage: 71.4 (eighth)
Yards per attempt: 10.1 (ninth)
Passing efficiency: 193.11 (fifth)
Rushing: 39 carries, 78 yards, 0 TDs
Total yards per game: 369.0 (third)
Of note: UF’s first Heisman winner (Steve Spurrier) won the award thanks in part to his field goal to beat Auburn. Maybe Trask’s pooch punt inside the 5 will help his case? Regardless, he needs two touchdown passes against LSU to pass Danny Wuerffel for the highest single-season total in UF history.
Mac Jones, Alabama quarterback (nine games)
Touchdown passes: 27 (T-third)
Completion percentage: 75.7 (second)
Yards per attempt: 12.2 (second)
Passing efficiency: 210.83 (second)
Rushing: 22 carries, minus-3 yards, 1 TD
Total yards per game: 345.6 (sixth)
Of note: Remember how dominant LSU’s Joe Burrow was last season? Jones’ passing efficiency is on pace to shatter Burrow’s SEC record (201.96).
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson quarterback (eight games)
Touchdown passes: 20 (T-12th)
Completion percentage: 69.2 (13th)
Yards per attempt: 9.7 (T-10th)
Passing efficiency: 174.88 (12th)
Rushing: 44 carries, 121 yards, 6 TDs
Total yards per game: 319.0 (13th)
Of note: Lawrence’s numbers continue to be very good but not great after passing for one touchdown and 195 yards in a blowout win at Virginia Tech. His case remains reliant on the highlights that showcase his once-in-a-generation arm.
Justin Fields, Ohio State quarterback (five games)
Touchdown passes: 15 (T-32nd)
Completion percentage: 78.1 (first)
Yards per attempt: 10.3 (eighth)
Passing efficiency: 196.12 (fourth)
Rushing: 55 carries, 239 yards, 5 TDs
Total yards per game: 329.2 (seventh)
Of note: His completion percentage is 1.4 points better than the NCAA Division I-A record set by Texas’ Colt McCoy in 2008. But Fields and Ohio State will miss out on another chance to impress this week with the Michigan game canceled (coronavirus outbreak).
Zach Wilson, BYU quarterback (10 games)
Touchdown passes: 27 (T-third)
Completion percentage: 73.0 (fifth)
Yards per attempt: 11.1 (third)
Passing efficiency: 197.40 (third)
Rushing: 61 carries, 246 yards, 8 TDs
Total yards per game: 321.0 (11th)
Of note: Wilson remains one of the most exciting players in the country. But losing at Coastal Carolina probably torpedoed his chances.
DeVonta Smith, Alabama receiver (nine games)
Receptions: 80 (second)
Touchdown catches: 15 (T-first)
Yards per catch: 16.31 (72nd)
Yards per game: 145.0 (second)
Of note: Smith’s 219 first-half yards against LSU marked the fourth time this season he has topped 100 yards through two quarters. His 677 yards after the catch are 171 more than any other player in the country.
Kyle Pitts, Florida tight end (seven games)
Receptions: 36 (74th)
Touchdown catches: 11 (fourth)
Yards per catch: 17.81 (44th)
Yards per game: 91.6 (32nd)
Of note: Despite missing two games with a nose injury, Pitts already has the most touchdowns by a UF player since Jabar Gaffney caught 13 in 2001.
Other names of note
It’s hard enough for a running back to win, so back-to-back games with only 90-something yards will hurt Iowa State star Breece Hall. … Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book doesn’t have the numbers to charge into the top tier, even though he’s a successful star on a name-brand program. … It’s a shame Buffalo’s previous game got canceled, depriving running back Jaret Patterson of a chance to capitalize on his back-to-back 300-yard games.