Running Back – Jonathan Taylor
As if it would be anyone else. Jonathan Taylor is the best running back in the country and if he plays as he has in the past couple of years, he should at the very least be in New York at the end of the season for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He should also be holding up some more hardware at the end of the season and should be a favorite to win the Doak Walker Award again this year.
In the past two seasons, he is averaging about 2,085.5 yards, 6.9 yards per carry, and 14.5 touchdowns per season. Let’s put this into a little perspective. In Mark Ingram’s Heisman season, he had 1,658 yards, 6.1 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns. If JT can continue to put up bigger numbers, I think he could have an absolutely huge season this year, which is what Wisconsin football will need. With uncertainty at the quarterback position, Taylor brings some solid insurance to the offense. If he stays healthy, we all know what we are getting, the best running back in college football right now.
Badger fans aren’t the only ones who are optimistic about Jonathan Taylor’s potential. He is on the award watch lists for the Maxwell, Doak Walker, and Walter Camp awards. Wisconsin football fans better enjoy JT this season, because it is likely his last in a Badger uniform. With Wisconsin football being a youthful team, they will only be able to go as far as Jonathan Taylor can carry them. He is the team MVP.
Other candidates: Jake Ferguson, Jack Coan, Scott Nelson, Danny Davis
All stats are courtesy of sports-reference.com.