Would you like to receive DawgNation news alerts? Excellent! News alerts will be displayed in your browser.

Jake Fromm, D’Andre Swift looking to keep pace with top Heisman favorites

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 Swift for a big showing vs. Vanderbilt.

Heisman Hierarchy Rankings for Week 1

1 — Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

Hurts put up eye-popping stats in the Sooners’ win vs. Houston – accounting for three passing and three rushing touchdowns and 508 yards of total offense. Of course, the Cougars defense is thinner than Dana Holgorsen’s hairline. Nonetheless, Hurts performance shouldn’t be discounted.

2 — Clemson RB Travis Etienne

It was supposed to be the Trevor Lawrence Show for Clemson in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech. Instead it was Etienne who offered the breakout performance – rushing for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately for Etienne, the game was televised on the ACC Network – which, at the moment, is the sports’ version of C-SPAN.

3 — Tie: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and WR Jerry Jeudy

Alabama started this season much the same way it started 2018 – putting up explosive passing stats. Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was 20/23 for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Believe it or not, his top receiver, Jerry Jeudy, might’ve been even better – accounting for 10 of those receptions for 137 yards. Of course, Heisman voters would give the trophy to a cheerleader before they’d give it to a wide receiver.

Georgia RB D’Andre Swift

Swift plays in a crowded backfield with the Bulldogs, but he reminded fans Saturday night why he was listed among the preseason Heisman favorites – rushing for 147 yards, and averaging 9.2 yards per carry vs. Vanderbilt. The only folks in Nashville to have a better weekend than Swift were the bar owners on Broadway.

Games to Watch for Week 2:

LSU at Texas

The big national game this week could be a springboard for one of the quarterbacks involved. LSU’s Joe Burrow threw five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win vs. Georgia Southern – which is frankly a lot better than anyone for Tennessee did vs. another team from the Peach State, but I digress.

On the other side, is Texas’ Sam Ehlinger. However, the real showdown might be between Tigers coach Ed Orgeron and Texas superfan Matthew McConaughey regarding who made the best car commercial.

Texas A&M at Clemson

This game could be Lawrence’s time to shine, but watch out for Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond as well. The Aggies are a big underdog, but after this past weekend, maybe big underdogs shouldn’t be discounted.

Murray State at UGA

This game should provide an opportunity for big numbers for Swift and UGA quarterback Jake Fromm, but Murray sounds too much like a podiatrist to be much of a Heisman proving ground.

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.