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UGA quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D'Andre Swift remain in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy.

Heisman campaigns for Jake Fromm, D’Andre Swift about more than stats

Brandon Adams

Georgia football fans can follow along each week as UGA quarterback Jake Fromm and Bulldogs running back D’Andre Swift attempt to keep pace with the Heisman Hierarchy and look to punch their ticket to become Heisman finalists in New York City later this season. Check out the Heisman Hierarchy for weekly ratings for the players making their push for the Heisman Trophy. On this week’s edition of the Heisman Hierarchy, DawgNation previews how Fromm and Swift can improve their Heisman campaigns with big performances vs. Tennessee.

Heisman Hierarchy Rankings for Week 5

1 — Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

Tagovailoa was so good vs. Ole Miss Saturday that well-known radio host Paul Finebaum said he was left speechless. Plenty of SEC fans — UGA partisans included — probably don’t enjoy seeing the Crimson Tide racking up touchdowns. However, if the end result is a silent Finebaum, then it can’t be all bad, can it?

2 — Ohio  State QB Justin Fields

Fields’ name on UGA message boards typically sparks the kind of debate normally found only in the “Show more replies” portion of a Twitter thread. People seem to occasionally lose their mind when talking about the former Bulldogs signal caller. However, if Fields continues to play the way he played vs. Nebraska, then fans better get used to having to talk about him.

3 — Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

Hurts — once so bad at Alabama he was benched — has been so good at Oklahoma that NFL teams are allegedly fighting to hire Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. If Riley truly wants to leave Oklahoma, there will be nine Big 12 programs who’ll be more than happy to give him a ride to the airport.

4 — LSU QB Joe Burrow

LSU didn’t play last week, and only faces a minor step up in competition when it hosts Utah State this Saturday. Burrow’s emergence has been one of the season’s pleasant surprises. Speaking of surprises, how shocked do you think the fine folks from Utah will be to see the tailgate scene in Baton Rouge?

5 — Tie: UGA QB Jake Fromm and RB D’Andre Swift

Fromm and Swift don’t put up the same kind of stats as some other players on this list. However, their Heisman campaigns are just as legit. UGA coach Kirby Smart has repeatedly praised them — including complimenting their “large hearts” after the Notre Dame game. The duo has also apparently grown closer as teammates. In fact, the Philadelphia-born Swift said in August he wanted the well-known country boy, Fromm, to take him hunting. It’s unclear when that might happen, but the pair should remain in the hunt for the Heisman for the foreseeable future.

For more info on the Heisman Hierarchy, check out DawgNation Daily each Monday for a special look at how Fromm and Swift compare to the weekend’s top performers.