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UGA running back D'Andre Swift is among the players who could benefit from a big showing on a national stage vs. Notre Dame Saturday.

Jake Fromm, D’Andre Swift could possibly use Notre Dame game as Heisman springboard

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 honors Fromm and Swift for some big stats vs. Arkansas State.

Heisman Hierarchy Rankings for Week 3

1 — Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

Hurts continues to rack up big numbers for the Sooners. He’s completed 80 percent of his passes. He’s thrown nine touchdowns without tossing an interception, and he’s rushed for 373 yards and four touchdowns as well. However, the real reason Hurts is the current Heisman favorite is plenty of voters would love to see him ascend as a way of sticking it to his former coach, Nick Saban. If Hurts were to lead Oklahoma past Alabama in the Playoff, then this would officially be the worst celebrity breakup since Tiger Woods crashed his Escalade.

2 — LSU QB Joe Burrow

Burrow led the Tigers to arguably the biggest win any team has collected thus far this season when they won at Texas two weeks ago. He followed that up with 373 yards and two touchdowns against something called Northwestern State — which kind of sounds a like a generic college from an 80s-era sports movie. However, the road to the Heisman doesn’t lead through directional schools. LSU heads to Vanderbilt Saturday — which to be honest, might not be much better than Northwestern State.

3 — Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama can’t seem to run the ball, and is collecting defensive injuries at an alarming rate. However, Tagovailoa just keeps rolling. Through three games, he’s thrown for 1,007 yards with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Of course, Alabama’s schedule to this point has been easier than playing Madden on Rookie level, but the Crimson Tide will eventually be tested by someone.

4 — Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

It’s tempting to leave Lawrence on the list completely. After all, Lawrence has already thrown five interceptions through three games. However, there’s a better chance of him getting a haircut than getting left off the list of Heisman finalists if the Tigers keep winning.

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

Both UGA stars have done enough to warrant consideration, and both have considerably more work to do in order to establish a serious Heisman candidacy. A high-profile showdown with Notre Dame could provide quite a launching pad for either player. However, it might be Swift who benefits most from the date with the Irish. Notre Dame’s rush defense is weaker than an appletini.

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.


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