MVP: Jonathan Taylor
I don’t know what there is to say about Taylor that hasn’t already been said many times over, but it’s still not enough. Even when his team isn’t performing at peak levels, he is. No matter what, Taylor was going to get his job done. After an insane freshman season, all eyes were on him to live up to the hype. And he did exactly that.
The team agrees.
Depending on where you looked, Tayor was the favorite, or at least one of the favorites, to win the Heisman Trophy at the beginning of the year. Of the names around him at the top of that list, only Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa managed to go from the start of the season to the end as one of the best players in the country. Stanford’s Bryce Love and Arizona’s Khalil Tate were expected to have monster seasons as well, but it doesn’t always work that way in college football.
Taylor’s name is yet again at the top of the list for Heisman contenders in 2019. If we learned anything from this year, 2,500 yards might not be enough for Taylor. Running backs simply have the odds stacked against them and Wisconsin has to be a true national title contender for Taylor to receive any major consideration.
But something tells me he’s not going to go away. After such an incredible year in 2018 where he broke 200 yards four times, including topping 300 yards against Purdue, Taylor is the greatest model of consistency in the country at his position.
Anything Wisconsin has needed out of Taylor, it got. Anything it will need, Taylor will deliver on. No other Badger deserves the MVP award as much as Taylor. And I can’t imagine many fans disagreeing with that.