Heisman hopefuls and local heroes: A Cougar, an Aggie, and three former Utah high school stars have big days

Quarterbacks made the strongest impression on Heisman voters on Saturday as three of the biggest names in the race delivered in a huge way. It was also a bit of a step back for another signal caller who didn’t play his best in a narrow win.

Here is a look at the players who are at the top of our Heisman list after week 4 of the college football season.

5. Cole McDonald, quarterback, Hawaii

McDonald isn’t on very many Heisman watch lists, but it is hard to ignore the kind of numbers the sophomore signal caller is putting up. He started off the season with a bang, throwing for more than 400 yards and three scores, and has kept right on going. Saturday’s win over Duquesne was more of the same as he threw for 273 yards and five touchdowns while carrying the ball 12 times for 56 yards.

On the season, McDonald has completed 66.7 percent of his throws for 1,759 yards and 20 touchdowns with just one interception. He has also totaled 45 carries for 200 yards and a pair of scores.

4. Kyler Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma

The Sooners had big shoes to fill with the departure of Baker Mayfield, and Murray has been as good as anyone could’ve imagined through four games. Saturday was a little bit of a hiccup, but he did just enough to come away with a 28-21 win over Army. In the seven-point win, Murray completed 73.3 percent of his throws for 165 yards and three touchdowns along with 71 rushing yards and another score.

Through four games, Murray has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has managed 240 yards and three rushing scores.

3. Will Grier, quarterback, West Virginia

Grier has put up some monster numbers in every game this season while helping to carry the Mountaineers to a 3-0 start. Saturday was another strong outing for the senior as he completed 25 of 35 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-6 win over Kansas State.

Through three games, Grier is completing 74.7 percent of his throws for 1,117 yards and 14 scores.

2. Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State

Haskins is off to a magnificent start in his first year as a starter for the Buckeyes. He has been deadly accurate while putting up big passing numbers during an impressive 4-0 start. He delivered another fine performance on Saturday in a 49-6 win over Tulane as he completed 20 of 23 throws for 304 yards and five scores.

On the season, Haskins has completed 75.7 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one pick.

1. Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Alabama

His numbers might not compare to the other four on the list, but a main reason for that is because the Crimson Tide have absolutely crushed everyone they have played. Saturday’s 45-23 win over Texas A&M was closer than the first three games and allowed him to shine. In the 22-point win, he completed 22 of 30 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a rushing score.

In four games, Tagovailoa has completed 72.5 percent of his throws for 1,033 yards and 12 touchdowns without throwing an interception.

Local heroes

It was also a very impressive week for many of the players with local ties. Three defensive studs delivered big performances in important match-ups while a pair of offensive stars answered the bell with more great play.

Here is a look at the top five individual performances from players with local ties.

5. Gabriel Sewell, Desert Hills High School, Nevada

Sewell had a monster day in a 63-44 loss at Toledo on the road. The junior linebacker from St. George registered a team-leading 10 total tackles, including five of the solo variety. one and a half tackles for loss and one of the Wolf Pack’s three sacks.

4. Corbin Kaufusi, Timpview High School, BYU

Kaufusi made some big plays on defense and on special teams as the Cougars overcame a slow to start to beat McNeese State, 30-3. The senior defensive lineman managed five tackles, his third sack of the season and blocked a field goal early in the second quarter that gave the BYU offense a short field to work with.

3. John Ursua, Westlake and Cedar High Schools, Hawaii

Ursua had another impressive game as Hawaii improved to 4-1 with a 42-21 win over Duquesne. In the victory, the junior receiver recorded five receptions for 77 yards and his ninth receiving touchdown of the season.

2. Sean Barton, Woods Cross High School, Stanford

Barton had his third strong showing of the season as the Cardinal came from behind to stun the Oregon Ducks, 38-31. The linebacker made some crucial plays down the stretch, including a fumble recovery in the final minute of regulation to give Stanford the ball back and tie the game. He also finished third on the team with eight total tackles in the big win.

1. Jordan Love, Utah State

Love had one of the best passing days of his young Aggie career as Utah State won its third game in a row, 42-32 over the Air Force Academy. In the big Mountain West win, the sophomore signal caller completed 26 of 38 passes for a career-high 356 yards including touchdown passes for 43 and 30 yards.


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