Arizona Wildcats: Khalil Tate, QB
Khalil Tate’s ability has been widely noted at this point — as has his assertion that he’s not a triple-option quarterback. Even still, he’s one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football and that makes him a threat in any awards conversation. If he’s able to stay healthy and mature as a passer, he’ll make his mark for the Wildcats.
Arizona State Sun Devils: Eno Benjamin, RB
With Manny Wilkins and N’Keal Harry now gone from Arizona State, Eno Benjamin figures to be the heart of the Sun Devils offense in the 2019 season. Even with some talented young players joining him, the running back is a dynamic big-play threat that will factor in both the running and passing game, giving him the shot at elite production that could get him invited to New York.
Colorado Buffaloes: Laviska Shenault, WR
Laviska Shenault is one of the most exciting players in college football coming into the 2019 season. Colorado’s offense comes and goes as the do-it-all wide receiver does. Despite playing in nine games last season, he still topped 1,000 yards receiving and managed six receiving touchdowns and five rushing scores. If he can stay healthy, he’ll get some looks for the award.
UCLA Bruins: Joshua Kelley, RB
Last season while UCLA as a whole struggled, running back Joshua Kelley still put forth a tremendous effort. He finished with 225 carries for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 193 receiving yards. Looking to build on that, he’ll no doubt play a big role in the Bruins offense and have the opportunity to carry them to success.
USC Trojans: JT Daniels, QB
Things were up and down for JT Daniels as he earned the USC Trojans starting job as a true freshman. USC struggled overall while Daniels threw just 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the year. Even still, the talent for Daniels is there and the weapons are plentiful in the Trojans offense, putting the quarterback in line to make some serious noise if he can elevate his play and carry his team to overall success.
Utah Utes: Zack Moss, RB
In 22 games over the past two seasons with the Utah Utes, Zack Moss has proven to be a highly productive back, rushing for 2,269 yards and 22 touchdowns on 393 carries to go along with 37 receptions for 293 yards. As he figures to be the focal point of the Utah offense in the 2019 season, Moss could well carry them to big success in the Pac-12 and insert himself in the Heisman conversation.