Clemson Tigers Heisman Trophy Candidates

Clemson’s football program ranks as one of the top college football program’s still seeking its first Heisman trophy.  A fact that doesn’t seem fair, considering that John Heisman himself coached the University’s football program for four seasons (1900-1903).  Clemson’s first Heisman noise was generated by QB Steve Fuller when he finished sixth in 1978.  All-purpose back C.J. Spiller generated Heisman attention in 2009 with a sixth place finish.

But it wasn’t until Deshaun Watson guided Clemson to championship levels did Tiger players enter serious Heisman conversation.  Watson earned a third place finish in 2015 and followed with a second place finish in 2016.  Watson’s runner-up campaign coincided with Clemson’s 2016 National Championship season that concluded with a win over Alabama.

Heading into the 2019 season, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is a top Heisman Trophy candidate following his tremendous freshman season.  Lawrence established himself as a 2019 front-runner by his epic performance in the Tigers 44-16 beat-down of Alabama.

Clemson Heisman Candidate Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson Finished 3rd in the in the Heisman Voting (2015) and 2nd (2015)
CJ Spiller placed 6th in the 2009 Heisman voting.
QB Steve Fuller finished 6th in the 1978 Heisman voting.