Updated: Dec 26, 2019
2019 was a season when history was made. It was a season where transferred quarterbacks established new standards of greatness; it was also a season of heartbreak for teams with hopes of making this year's playoffs. Each week, we saw individuals distinguish themselves among the rest with impressive performances. For this reason, we added them to a list called the 'Honor Roll'.
Joe Burrow - LSU
There is no other way of describing Joe Burrow's Heisman-winning season other than historic. It seemed that each month, he would break either conference or FBS record. In addition to breaking the SEC conference record for passing touchdowns, and he is well on his way to becoming the most accurate quarterback in the history of college football. He guided an LSU team who beat five AP top 10 teams in one season, while elevating his offense to a level of unprecedented success, producing a 1000-yard running back and two 1000-yard receivers.
Justin Fields - Ohio State
The transfer portal proved to be the best thing to ever happen to both Justin Fields and the Ohio State Buckeyes. With Fields, the Buckeyes were not only the number one team in the Big Ten, they were consistently ranked as the number one team in the nation. This worthy Heisman Trophy finalist finished 3rd in the nation in touchdowns, 1st in interception, and 3rd in overall quarterback rating.
Jalen Hurts - Oklahoma
Over a year ago, Jalen Hurts was a backup quarterback at Alabama, with little hopes of starting again. Not only did Hurts take advantage of his new role as starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, he alongside head coach Lincoln Riley took it to a whole new level. Hurts accounted for 4,889 total yards, including 1,225 rushing yards, which ranked him ahead of every player at his position.
Trevor Lawrence - Clemson
With all the nation's attention on the successes of both LSU and Ohio State for much of the season, Trevor Lawrence quietly put together dominant performances each week. Since his close call against North Carolina in late September, his Tigers would go on to average over 51 points per game, including an impressive 62 points in ACC Championship game against Virginia. Lawrence's 34 touchdowns placed him in top five. Despite the criticism he faced at the beginning season, Lawrence reminded other team why he and his Tigers are the defending National Champions.
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Jonathan Taylor - Wisconsin
This season, Jonathan Taylor became only the seventh player in FBS history to reach 6,000 rushing yards in a season. What is even more remarkable is the fact that he accomplished this feat before the end of his junior year. Since his freshman year, Taylor has been a transcendent player and the heart of the Wisconsin offense. This season saw his total rushing yards decrease (1,909), but he set career marks in rushing touchdowns (21), receiving touchdowns (5), total receptions (24), and receiving yards (209).
Chuba Hubbard - Oklahoma State
When Justice Hill left for the NFL, many believed that Chuba Hubbard was going to be the one to carry the torch at Oklahoma State. The Canadian sensation not only led the nation in rushing yards with 1,936, he became the 12th fastest running back in FBS history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season (six games). Though he was not named as a Heisman finalist, his season was one of the best ever for a running back in the Big-12 Conference.
J.K. Dobbins - Ohio State
One thing we learned about J.K Dobbins this season, is that there are very things he cannot do on the field. In addition to finishing in the top five in rushing yards (1,826) and touchdowns (20), he demonstrated his abilities as a receiver, accounting for 200 receiving yards on 17 reception. In six of the 13 games played this season, he rushed for two or more touchdowns, including his stellar four touchdown performance against Michigan.
Travis Etienne Jr. - Clemson
Travis saw a slight decline in his numbers from the 2018 season, yet his ability to break out big runs and his breakaway speed were in full effect all season. His average of 8.2 yards per carry ranked second in the nation. He also set a career-best in receiving yards with 298, showing yet another dimension to overall skill set. Etienne was simply the catalyst for the Tigers offense and helped guide them to an undefeated record in 2019.
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Ja'Marr Chase - LSU
There are good receivers, good play-makers, then you have players like Ja'Marr Chase who can do both. Chase emerged as Joe Burrow's favorite target and whenever a big play needed to be made, he always delivered. No receiver in the nation produced more receiving yards or receiving touchdowns this season than Chase. For much of the season, he was consistently mismatch for opposing defensive backs, whether he was lined up inside or outside. Simply put, he was the best receiver in college football.
Rashod Bateman - Minnesota
Alongside senior receiver Tyler Johnson, he and Rashod Bateman were one of the most productive receiving tandems in college football. Bateman's athleticism and acrobatic catches were on full display, as the Minnesota Gophers were one of the biggest stories this season. Bateman's 1,170 receiving yards placed him 11th in the nation, and first in the Big Ten Conference.
CeeDee Lamb - Oklahoma
One of the most gifted players in the college football, CeeDee Lamb's size, athleticism, and the ability to take small yards and turn it into big gains, placed him among the elite at his position. Lamb finished in the top ten in receiving yards, touchdowns, and yards per reception. His performance against Baylor in the Big 12 Conference Championship encapsulated the type impact player he has been throughout his collegiate career with Oklahoma.
Omar Bayless - Arkansas State
Omar Bayless was one of those names few were familiar with since he did not play in a Power five conference. Yet before Ja'Marr Chase, Bayless led the nation in receiving yards for the majority of the season. His 1,473 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns were both a school and Sun Belt Conference record, so were his seven 100-yard receiving games this season. His ability to produce yards after a catch is part of what set him apart from many of the receivers this season.
Tight End _________________________
Harrison Bryant - Florida Atlantic
Bryant has the distinction of being the only tight end in the FBS to reach for over 1,000 receiving yards this season. His career-best 65 receptions placed him in the top 50 among offensive players. With the type of athleticism and natural hands, he possesses, Bryant has proven to be one of the most productive, offensive player at any position in the nation.
Albert Okwuegbunam - Missouri
Okwuegbunam experienced a slight decline in his stats this, yet few tight ends can block as effectively and produce on offense when called upon, as Okwuegbunam did for Missouri this season. Though he may play like a traditional tight end, he possesses an underrated offensive upside.
Brycen Hopkins - Purdue
2019 was truly a breakout season for the Purdue senior. Hopkins 830 receiving yards ranked him second in the nation among tight ends, while setting career-highs in receptions (61) and touchdowns (7).