ESPN names Jordan Travis a contender for 2023 Heisman Trophy
ESPN is projecting big things for Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis in 2023.
With Travis coming back to school for one more season next year, ESPN’s college football staff listed him as a “momentum player” in the race for the 2023 Heisman Trophy.
Travis is coming off of his best season as a college player. He was named second-team All-ACC and led FSU to its first 9-win season since 2016.
Here’s some analysis on Travis’ Heisman case from Andrea Adelson:
“Now that Travis has announced he is returning to Florida State for his sixth season of eligibility, it is time to truly appreciate what he did in 2022, and what that should mean for 2023. Those outside Tallahassee might regard him as a “running” quarterback,” but that would be disregarding his passing ability — and that was on full display in leading the Seminoles to a 9-3 season while earning second-team All-ACC honors. Travis is the first player in Florida State history with at least 20 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns in a season, and the fourth player in school history with at least 3,000 total yards and 30 total touchdowns in a season. The others happen to be Heisman Trophy winners: Charlie Ward (1993), Chris Weinke (2000) and Jameis Winston (2013).”
Travis threw for 2,796 yards, 22 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions this season. He also averaged a career-high 8.9 yards per attempt.
That production translated into FSU’s best season in years. The Noles are bowl eligible for the first time in the Mike Norvell era. FSU also swept its rivalry games against Miami and Florida this season.
With Travis and other key players returning in 2023, Florida State could be a preseason favorite to compete for the ACC.
Florida State faces Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl later this month.