The Heisman Trophy is historically a quarterback-heavy award with a quarterback winning college football’s most prestigious award 13 of the last 15 years. And while there’s a very good chance that continues next year, one college football insider listed several non-quarterbacks who could win the Heisman, and one particular star receiver topped his list.
While he still thinks it’s most likely that a quarterback wins the 2023 Heisman Trophy, Stewart Mandel of The Athletic thinks that Ohio State Buckeyes star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has the best chance to win it as a non-quarterback.
“Like Smith in 2020, Harrison is poised to establish himself as the clear-cut best receiver in college football. He’d need to up his production a good bit from last year’s 77 catches for 1,263 yards and 14 TDs (Smith had 98 receptions for 1,511 yards and 17 TDs at the time he won his), and the Buckeyes will need to beat Michigan and win the Big Ten,” Mandel wrote for The Athletic this week.
Mandel also listed Michigan running back Blake Corum, Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, LSU linebacker Harold Perkins, and Penn State running back Nick Singleton.
We’ll have to see if a non-quarterback is able to claim college football’s top award this upcoming season. If it happens, there’s a good chance it’s one of those players.