Heisman Trophy winners are well represented in the 2020 NFL playoff chase and figure to have a major impact throughout December and January.
Baker Mayfield (2017) has led the Cleveland Browns to an 8-3 record, their best start since 1994 as they seek their team’s first playoff berth since 2002. He has thrown 17 TDs against seven interceptions with 2,108 passing yards.
Derrick Henry (2015) leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,257) and attempts (256) and has scored 12 rushing scores, second best in the league. He’s on pace to eclipse his career-best 1,540 yards set last year in his third straight year over 1,000 yards.
Kyler Murray (2018) has the Arizona Cardinals positioned in the Wild Card hunt at 6-5. He continues to lead all QBs in rushing with 650 yards and 10 TDs and is 13th in passing yards at 2,814 with 19 scoring throws.
Lamar Jackson (2016) is second in the NFL in QB rushing yards (575), leading the Ravens to a 6-5 start, though the club has recently been battling Covid protocol challenges. Jackson has thrown for 1,948 yards and 15 TDs.
Unfortunately, maybe the biggest news from a Heisman winner this season was the unfortunate season-ending injury suffered by Joe Burrow (2019). Burrow finished the season with 2,688 passing yards, completing 264 of 404 passes with 13 TDs and five interceptions, rushing for another 142 yards and three TDs.
Mark Ingram (2009), a bit banged up this season, has rushed for 232 yards and two scores this year.
Cam Newton (2010), in his first year in New England, has helped the Patriots win two of their last three to improve to 5-6. He is fourth in the league in rushing for QBs with 387 yards, his nine rushing scores second in the league for QBs.
Robert Griffin III (2012) made his first start this season for the Ravens on Wednesday while Jackson missed the game due to Covid. He was forced to exit the game early with a hamstring injury.