Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota took home the first Heisman Trophy in Oregon program history Saturday night, which means it is already time to start looking forward to the 2015 Heisman Trophy. It is never too early to start thinking about that, right?
J.T. BARRETT, OHIO STATE QB
No matter what happens with this year’s Ohio State team in the playoff, the 2015 season looks as though the Buckeyes will be stacked and ready for another run to the playoff. J.T. Barrett should be a big part of that, if he is the starter in Columbus.
BRAXTON MILLER, OHIO STATE QB (?)
The indication now is that Braxton Miller will be back with the Buckeyes in 2015. Will he take back the starting job from Barrett? If so, and if healthy, Miller could put together a fine Heisman campaign. He was supposed to be a likely finalist this season before undergoing shoulder surgery before the start of the season.
TREVONE BOYKIN, TCU QB
Boykin led TCU to a share of the Big 12 title in 2014 and put up quality passing numbers along the way. If TCU’s offense is as potent next year with Boykin at the helm and the Horned Frogs crack the playoff field, then Boykin could be heading to New York.
CODY KESSLER, USC QB
We may not have been giving enough attention to the season Cody Kessler had for the USC Trojans this season. He should not be flying under the radar next season, now that he has our attention. With Mariota and Brett Hundley moving to the NFL, 2015 could be the year for Kessler to shien in the Pac-12 spotlight.
SAMAJE PERINE, OKLAHOMA RB
Oklahoma’s freshman running back Samaje Perine rushed for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014, including a record-setting day with 427 rushing yards against Kansas. Perine will generate plenty of Heisman buzz for 2015 with a solid showing in Oklahoma’s bowl game.