NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — For players eyeing college football’s top prize, the Heisman trophy, the chance to impress everyone doesn’t come around every weekend.
Saturday night there will be more than 160,000 fans watching, including hundreds of Heisman voters.
“You don’t think about it, you don’t play for it, it’s never in your conversation. You have it in your parifare,” said 1995 Heisman trophy winner Eddie George.
It’s the greatest personal award in college football.
Hoisting the Heisman trophy means one thing, you are number one.
Favorites for this year are Leonard Fornette of LSU, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford Cardinal, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, and Nick Chubb of Georgia.
There are also Heisman hopefuls like Josh Dobbs and Jalen Hurd who need things to go right during this match.
“If you don’t win, it really doesn’t matter what you do on the field per se,” said George. “The contenders and pretenders really won’t take shape until October.”
As long as the Vols keep winning they stay in the hunt, but the Battle at Bristol is a record setting game in prime time, a mammoth opportunity.
“You want to have that big game, that signature win, that signature run kind of to start things off. And to have that with a national audience against Virginia Tech at a neutral site on primetime television when everybody is watching, you break off a 200 yard game or throw for 300 yards, rush for another 100 plus a win that begins the starting point, the tip of the iceberg,” said George.
If Jalen Hurd can put together a 200 yard game and score two touchdowns, he thrusts himself into the conversation.
“This is just the beginning, this is the appetizer before the main feast,” said George.
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