We are now six weeks into the 2023 college football season. As the schedule gets tougher and the season grind gets harder, a few teams and players have begun to shine the brightest. With some of the big names taking center stage, it’s worth thinking about who are the 2023 Heisman trophy candidates to this point?
Every week there is one particular game that is the main event. Yes, there’s the campus that ESPN College GameDay chooses to go to. Then, there’s the ABC primetime game. However, while the television sets are fixated on these premier national programs, there are some players who are quietly cooking.
In December, four players will make it to New York City as the selected finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Earlier this week, Fox Sports released their Heisman watch. Here, they list the top 10 players who are realistically in contention after five games.
“USC QB Caleb Williams continued his incredible start to the season, as the defending Heisman Trophy winner looks to become just the second player to win the award twice,” Fox Sports states.
Last Year’s Heisman Winner
The aforementioned USC Trojans quarterback, Caleb Williams remains the frontrunner, because in order to be the best you have to beat the best. Going into the season, it was fair to pencil in Williams as a top candidate to take home this year’s trophy (and to be the #1 draft pick).
Like the NFL MVP award, traditionally, the Heisman Trophy is often awarded to a quarterback. In fact, only three non-quarterbacks have won the award since 2000 (Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry, DeVonta Smith).
This year, it appears that will likely continue. With a few big rivalry games this weekend in addition to a handful of heavy-weight conference matchups, let’s take a look at seven 2023 Heisman Trophy hopefuls who are candidates who are making strong cases for themselves to take home the trophy.