Could three Alabama football stars be the top three finishers for the Heisman Trophy?
The Alabama Crimson Tide are an offensive juggernaut we have not seen since a season ago with the LSU Tigers. This is no slight on either SEC West team, but rather a prime example of how this traditional three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust Power 5 conference has evolved in the College Football Playoff era. You can argue for any of these three players to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy.
What are the chances Alabama goes 1-2-3 in the Heisman race?
After Championship Weekend, it is abundantly clear Alabama will have its third Heisman Trophy winner in school history. Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence played very well on Saturday night, but not playing in three games hurts his chances. Kyle Trask’s Florida Gators have lost too many games for him to win it. Justin Fields’ Ohio State Buckeyes only played six games.
Simply put, Alabama will have two finalists and two players that are locks to be top-three finishers in Jones and Smith. Jones may end up winning it because he plays quarterback and this is historically a quarterback-driven award. However, no Alabama signal-caller has ever won the Heisman. Because 2020 is such a weird year, why not give it to the best player, who is Smith?
I do not think having two, or maybe three, Heisman finalists from Alabama will cause them to split the vote. What will be interesting is if Harris has done enough to merit inclusion as a finalist. He should take home the Doak Walker, or be an All-American alongside guys like Iowa State’s Breece Hall or maybe even Clemson’s Travis Etienne. At best, Harris finishes third for the Heisman Trophy.
If I had a Heisman ballot, Smith would be my top choice. I am a bit of a contrarian, but I think enough people would agree with me that Smith is the obvious choice this year. If it goes to Jones, then that is great as well, as he has had a phenomenal year. However, he feels more like a product of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian‘s system than any other Alabama would-be finalist.
It would be something if Alabama went 1-2-3 in Heisman Trophy balloting this season.