Heisman watch candidate No. 6: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
For most of the USC Trojans debut, a 9 a.m. local kickoff, against Arizona State, quarterback Kedon Slovis and the entire team seemed to stumble out of the blocks. There were moments but it seemed like a hyped-up Trojans team was once again going to disappoint right away. Instead, Slovis showed everyone the type of leader and player he is capable of being with a big-time fourth-quarter comeback.
Orchestrating two late touchdowns to give USC the 28-27 win over ASU, Slovis finished the game going 40-of-55 for 381 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. While those numbers could stand to improve, the Sun Devils are likely the best team USC will face this season and Slovis delivered. If the quarterback can continue to air it out like this, his numbers are going to be eye-popping.
Heisman watch candidate No. 5: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Clemson Tigers dropped their first ACC game in what feels like forever as they fell to one-time member Notre Dame. However, quarterback Trevor Lawrence wasn’t in pads for that game — though he was on the sidelines — as he remained out due to a COVID-19 diagnosis. That has cost him his position as the frontrunner in the Heisman race in addition to costing his team the chance at a perfect season.
Even still, Lawrence’s performance when on the field has been nothing short of phenomenal. In six games, the quarterback has thrown for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only two interceptions while also rushing for four touchdowns and completing a career-high 70.7 percent of his passes. Once he returns, he’ll at least have a shot at pushing back into finalist consideration.