Could Jake Browning bring the Heisman Trophy home to Washington in 2o18?
Sports Illustrated writer Chris Johnson believes Browning has a shot, though he’s a bit of a dark horse candidate at this point.
As a sophomore in 2016, Browning placed sixth in the Heisman voting after teaming with speed demon John Ross to form one of the nation’s most lethal QB-WR tandems while propelling the Huskies to the College Football Playoff. Last season, with Ross in the NFL, Browning’s production tailed off as Washington “settled” for a 10–3 record and a Fiesta Bowl berth, while the Pac-12 was shut out of the playoff altogether. The Huskies should be back in the mix with their senior signal caller, a top-tier left tackle [senior Trey Adams] protecting his blindside and a dangerous tailback [senior Myles Gaskin] compelling opposing defenses to stack the box.
The senior quarterback passed for 2,719 yards, 19 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 2017. He’s thrown for 9,104 yards, 78 touchdowns and 24 interception in three seasons.
The Washington quarterback will have to post incredible numbers during his senior year in order to be considered for the award, but the Huskies should be a Pac-12 contender and could compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. A big win, and a big performance by Browning, against Auburn in the opener would jump start his Heisman campaign.