Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin’s star freshman running back, has opened a lot of eyes in his first college season. That became more evident than ever when ESPN analyst Rece Davis raved about Taylor on Friday.
In Madison with College GameDay, Davis said he has been “blown away” by Taylor’s impressive 2017 season. And Davis thinks the Heisman Trophy could be in Taylor’s future — just maybe not this season.
“He looks to me like the quintessential Wisconsin back. He’s got power, speed, explosiveness, vision, toughness. You name it, there’s a quality that you want in a running back, he has it,” Davis said. “The idea that he grew up wanting to come here and is getting that opportunity and blew everybody away in camp and has put a stranglehold on this job, I wouldn’t anticipate him winning the Heisman Trophy this year, but he’s going to be in the voting for sure and certainly he’s going to be a very strong candidate for the next couple years.”
Taylor has amassed 1,525 rushing yards through 10 games this season — the most in the Big Ten and third-most in the nation. While he might not get an invite to the 2017 Heisman Trophy ceremony, Taylor has already been named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker and Walter Camp Awards.
Taylor can help Wisconsin take another step toward the College Football Playoff on Saturday against Michigan.