The Ohio State football team had an obvious Heisman candidate in Justin Fields the last two seasons. Do they have one this year?
The Ohio State football team hasn’t had anyone win the Heisman trophy since Troy Smith did it back in 2006. Since then, they have had some Heisman contenders. Both Justin Fields and Chase Young were Heisman Finalists back in 2019. Dwayne Haskins was also a finalist in 2018.
In 2021, Ohio State won’t have an obvious Heisman candidate. With Justin Fields gone, they don’t have anyone who has any hype coming in. A new quarterback would be hard-pressed to immediately step in and play at that high of a level as well.
Even though a receiver won the Heisman for the first time in 25 years, I wouldn’t bank on that happening again in 2021. That takes Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson off the table. That only leaves the running back position, and we’re not even sure who the starter there is going to be.
Ohio State doesn’t have a good Heisman contender right now. But if I had to pick the best contender that they have right now, I would pick true freshman TreyVeon Henderson. Despite the fact that no true freshman has ever won a Heisman, he has the most talent at the running back position.
Henderson is the best running back prospect the Buckeyes have had in a while. He is too good to not get the majority of snaps this season even though Master Teague returns and he should be healthier. Henderson still has the most talent in the running back room.
Just because the Buckeyes don’t have a Heisman contender doesn’t mean they won’t be a good team. They can still achieve all of their goals because of how much overall talent they have.