Heisman watch candidate No. 8: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Alabama Crimson Tide took a week off from dominating the rest of the SEC but they still have a handful of players that remain in the thick of the Heisman race. But perhaps the most difficult of those players to place to this point is running back Najee Harris. The production is there, but the pass-happy offense steals his spotlight.
Harris has 714 rushing yards on 124 carries with a monster 14 touchdowns on the ground. He also has 183 receiving yards on the season, showing off his versatility. His role isn’t going to diminish in this offense and he’ll keep scoring. But it does feel like he has a cap on how high he can climb in the Heisman rankings.
Heisman watch candidate No. 7: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
When Jaylen Waddle went out for the rest of the season due to injury, the expectation was that DeVonta Smith would step into an even bigger role. That was indeed the case as he torched Mississippi State almost single-handedly last week, going for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in a win. And in doing so, he’s on a clear path to the heart of the Heisman conversation.
Through six games, Smith leads the team by a wide margin with 56 receptions, 759 yards, and eight touchdowns. He also has a rushing touchdown on the year because why not. Smith has looked downright uncoverable in every game this season and, with Mac Jones now relying even more heavily on him in a high-octane passing offense, his production is only going to keep turning heads.