Wisconsin Football: Five reasons why Jonathan Taylor can win the Heisman

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3. Records

Sticking with the running back winners, it seems as though the past Heisman victors not only helped their team, but they helped themselves by breaking records.

Ron Dayne still holds the FBS career rushing record with 7,125 yards.

Derrick Henry broke the SEC single-season rushing record, tied the SEC rushing touchdown record, and became the third running back to ever have four 200 yard games in a season.

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It isn’t a surprise that countless other Heisman winners, especially the quarterbacks, have broken school, conference, and NCAA records in their careers.

For Taylor, he already has one record to his name: the most rushing yards as a freshman in the NCAA.  He broke the record previously held by the one and only Adrian Peterson.

Depending on how long Taylor stays at Wisconsin, he has the opportunity to break even more records.  It’s hard to really predict if he will break a single game record or not, but if he stays on this path he could eclipse Dayne’s career rushing yards.

He currently sits fourth in rushing yards in a season at Wisconsin, behind Melvin Gordon’s 2,587-yard 2014 season, and two Ron Dayne seasons over 2000 yards.

If he continues on this path, he could easily break more records, whether it’s Wisconsin records or NCAA records.