College Football: 5 surprise QBs who’ll contend for 2020 Heisman Trophy

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As Dave Aranda prepares for his debut season as the head coach at Baylor, he has the most important thing a coach could ask for: a dynamic veteran quarterback. Charlie Brewer threw for 21 touchdowns in 2020, and rushed for 11 more. With trips to Texas and Oklahoma, the schedule provides plenty of chances for Brewer to have his Heisman moment.

Speaking of Heisman moments, few schools have more big-game opportunities than Michigan. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they’ve been consistently disappointing on the offensive side of the ball in these games. That’s a big reason why, should Dylan McCaffrey be the one to finally break through and guide this offense to an explosive output in 2020, he’ll have a good shot at getting to New York.

UCF’s Dillon Gabriel is the beneficiary of an offensive scheme that has seen passers fill up the stat sheet, and that should be no different in 2020. After finishing 2019 with 3,653 yards and 29 touchdowns, the expectations are sky high for this Knights offense.

Jayden Daniels burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2019. He threw for 2,943 yards and 17 touchdowns, and added 355 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Even more impressive, the freshman threw just two interceptions all year. With star running back Eno Benjamin now in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, this offense will now rest on the shoulders of Daniels, who’s shown every sign that he’s ready to become a star himself.