We all know who the top dogs are in the race to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy. Guys like Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and J.T. Barrett are known quantities. Nobody will be all that surprised if they end up winning.
But what about the lesser-known players who have a shot at coming out ahead? Those are the guys we’re taking a look at today.
Could a defensive player steal the spotlight this year? It has only happened once, when Michigan’s Charles Woodson (who also returned punts and dabbled at receiver) won the coveted award back in 1997. What about a receiver? Do any of them have a shot? In the history of the award, only four have ever accomplished this feat, the last coming in 1991 when Michigan’s Desmond Howard won.
Likely, it’s going to be another running back or quarterback hoisting the 2017 Heisman Trophy. And there are many who could do it. Removing the most likely from the equation, these are the top dark horse 2017 Heisman Trophy candidates.