Continuing on with our Outrageous Predictions series for the 2019 college football season, it's time to take a look at the race for the Heisman Trophy — the most coveted individual award in the sport.
Over the last nine seasons, the award has gone to a quarterback eight times. Only Alabama running back Derrick Henry was able to break the trend in 2015. In a year where there seems to be plenty of elite talent at the quarterback position, is there a chance that non-quarterback wins the award?
With that, let's take a look at some OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for 2019 Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Outrageous Predictions for the 2019 Heisman Trophy Ceremony
Three quarterbacks will get an invite to NYC, and none will be named Trevor or Tua
The two quarterbacks who faced off in last season's national title game are getting most of the Heisman love heading into this season. The cards are stacked against each of them for different reasons.
Trevor Lawrence's Clemson squad will be heavy favorites in most of their games. That means he'll need to put up video game-esque stats early in most games, as you could probably count the number of fourth quarters he'll play in on one hand.
As for Tua Tagovailoa, he won't even be the most prolific offensive player on his own team. We'll get to that later.
Two Pac-12 quarterbacks will be at the ceremony
Look for the Justin Herbert hype train to roll out of the station at full speed after Oregon destroys Auburn on Aug. 31. From there, he'll get plenty of run on the late-night highlight shows as his Ducks navigate their season unblemished.
Down in Tucson, Khalil Tate should return to his 2017 form, when he was the most electric player in the nation. Arizona will be a tough out once again, thanks to Tate's playmaking ability as a scrambler.
The only running back at the ceremony will be from the Group of 5
Nobody puts up chunks of yards like UCF's Greg McCrae did last season. The under-sized, lightning-quick back ran for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 133 carries (8.9 ypc).
He'll get a heavier workload this season with more carries early on than he had in 2018. Defenses will need to stay honest against UCF, as Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush will be the quarterback this season. He's a dual-threat signal-caller who needs to be accounted for, preventing defenses from keying on McCrae.
Look for the junior back to hit 2,000 yards on the ground as part of yet another UCF campaign that makes a lot of noise.
Jerry Jeudy wins the 2019 Heisman Trophy
Even as Alabama falters in a reloading season, Jeudy's star is going to shine brighter than any in college football. He is far and away the most gifted receiver in the country. He'll be the top target in Alabama's passing game all season — including several shootouts.
It's all set up for Jeudy to eclipse 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to becoming the first pure wide receiver to win the award since Notre Dame's Tim Brown did it in 1987 (Desmond Howard won in 1991, but his skills as a returner played a huge part).
*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as “wildly exaggerated or improbable,” and “very bold, unusual, and startling.” These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.