We're two months into the college football season, which means the Heisman Trophy race is in full swing. With Week 11 in the books, here's a look at some midseason contenders for the 2018 Heisman, given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama, Sophomore
Tagovailoa has been dealing with a nagging right knee injury for the last month, and it was a factor in Alabama's 24-0 win over Mississippi State. Tagovailoa threw for just 164 yards, a touchdown and an interception before leaving at the end of the third quarter following a low hit to his injured knee. He is expected to play on Saturday against The Citadel, an FCS team. Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,525 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions in 10 games for the unbeaten Crimson Tide despite often being pulled because of blowout wins or injury management. Previous week: 1
Heisman moment: Tagovailoa had a big primetime performance against then-No. 4 LSU on Nov. 3, throwing for 295 yards and two touchdowns and also scoring on a 44-yard run.
2. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, Junior
Murray had just one touchdown pass in Oklahoma's 48-47 Bedlam win over Oklahoma State, but his 349 yards marked the seventh time this season he has thrown for at least 300 yards. The dual-threat quarterback has accounted for 3,678 yards (3,308 passing, 640 rushing), 39 touchdowns (32 passing, seven rushing) and five interceptions in 10 games. The Sooners host Kansas on Saturday. Previous week: 2
Heisman moment: Oklahoma's come-from-behind win over Texas Tech on Nov. 3 comes close, as do his seven-touchdown game against Baylor on Sept. 29 and his four-touchdown effort against TCU on Oct. 20, the Sooners' first game following an upset to Texas.
3. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia, Senior
Grier kept rolling with 343 passing yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia's 47-10 win over TCU. It's the eighth time in nine games he had at least 300 yards and three touchdowns. Grier has thrown for 2,961 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Mountaineers, who play at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Previous week: 3
Heisman moment: West Virginia's 42-41 win over Texas on Nov. 3. Grier had 346 passing yards and three touchdowns, led a late TD rally against a ranked Longhorns and ran in the game-winning two-point conversion.
4. Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State, Senior
Minshew overcame a sluggish start to finish with 335 yards, two touchdown passes and a 24-yard touchdown run in Washington State's 31-7 win over Colorado. His FBS-leading 3,852 passing yards are 478 more than the next-closest quarterback, and he has a 29:7 touchdown-interception ratio to help keep the Cougars in the College Football Playoff conversation entering Saturday's game against Arizona. Previous week: 4
Heisman moment: In Washington's primetime upset over then-No. 12 Oregon on Oct. 20, Minshew outdueled top quarterback prospect Justin Herbert with 323 passing yards and four touchdown passes.
5. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State, Sophomore
Haskins' chances have cooled off considerably in the past month after a loss to Purdue and back-to-back pedestrian games through the air. The latest came in a 26-6 win over Michigan State. Haskins had season-lows in passing yards (227) and passing touchdowns (one, on a 1-yard throw late in the second quarter). Still, he has 3,280 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games for the Buckeyes, who play their final road game of the season on Saturday against Maryland. Previous week: 5
Heisman moment: Haskins' two touchdown passes in the final seven minutes helped the Buckeyes erase a 12-point deficit to beat then-No. 9 Penn State in primetime on Sept. 29.
Outside looking in
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson, Sophomore (pictured); McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF, Senior; Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson, Freshman; Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin, Sophomore; Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama, Sophomore.