The Benny Snell Heisman campaign is off and running after week four.
After a 165 yard, four touchdown performance against a defense that many people claimed was NFL caliber, Benny Snell is finally, deservingly, in the Heisman conversation.
That would give Beny Snell 540 yards and seven touchdowns, just a third of the way through the season. How does Benny Snell performance stack up with other Heisman candidates?
Kyler Murray threw 165 yards and scored every touchdown for Oklahoma as they squeaked out a 28-21 victory over Army. He threw one interception and had a QBR of 218.4.
He also had this incredible run:
Kyler Murray looking like a cheat code ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2018
Not a bad performance for Murray, by any means, but Benny’s performance was more impressive in my opinion. 165 yards and four touchdowns against a defense known for stopping the run compared to a quarterback who threw for 165 in a narrow victory against Army. Not to discredit Murray, he is a great player, but I like Benny going forward. Especially with Kentucky’s strength of schedule.
I would put Murray ahead of Benny in the Heisman watch list, only because I think Murray was pretty far out in the field and without Murray’s performance Oklahoma probably gets upset at home.
On the season Murray has thrown for 1028 yards, 11 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Alabama has a good quarterback. Yes, you read that right and not only is he good, but he’s also probably the front-runner for the Heisman as of now. Against 22nd ranked Texas A&M, Tua threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns and a QBR of 96.2.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 22, 2018
As much as I want to say, Benny Snell out-performed Tua, it’s hard to deny how impressive yesterdays performance was from Tua. Sheesh, pure dominance.
On the season he has thrown for 1033 yards, 12 touchdowns, and no interceptions. His margin of victory is pretty nice too.
Will Grier had another solid performance, this time it was against Kansas State. Grier threw for five touchdowns and 352 yards while throwing two interceptions.
Will Grier with the 82 yard BOMB to Marcus Simms! WVU strikes first and lead K-State 7-0
— Barstool Big 12 (@BarstoolBig12) September 22, 2018
There’s no denying Grier has played well through the first four weeks, but I’m anxious to see how he will play against a formidable opponent in Texas Tech. Kansas State is the best team Grier has played against so far this season, and they’re 2-2.
Through the three games this season, Grier has thrown for 1117 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions. West Virginia was forced to cancel their game last week, and that could come back to hurt Grier’s Heisman chances.
After his performance against TCU, Dwayne Haskins crept into the Heisman conversation heading into week four. Dwayne Haskins had a clean game against Tulane with 304 yards and five touchdowns.
Another ‘tremendous, just about flawless performance’ from Dwayne Haskins yesterday against Tulane.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 23, 2018
Haskins numbers this season are actually pretty good, 1194 yards, 16 touchdowns, and just one interception through four games is impressive. He will have a tough test against Penn State next week that could easily propel him to the forefront of the Heisman conversation, or it could knock him down a few spots.
Benny’s Heisman contending companions all played well in week four, but I don’t think any of them got the attention Benny Snell did last night. That media exposure will go a long way in the Heisman race, especially with the sound bites Benny has been giving us and the whole Music City debacle.
Benny seems to be the only running back in contention for the Heisman, in the thick of a Heisman race littered with quarterbacks. A running back has only won the coveted prize twice in the last ten years, and they both came from Alabama. Benny definitely put himself in the conversation after last night, and deservedly so. But, that stat doesn’t look too promising. With that said, proving people wrong is a lifestyle for Benny Snell, and I hope to see him keep ascending the Heisman watch list.
If I had to rank them, I’d put Benny 3rd in the Heisman race behind Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray.
Benny, prove me wrong.