Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor misses Heisman finalist list

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (23) runs past Ohio State defensive tackle Jashon Cornell (9) for a touchdown during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

NEW YORK, NY. (WMTV) -- In the midst of another historic season for Wisconsin, Wisconsin Badgers' running back Jonathan Taylor's biggest flaw for Heisman voters may have been not playing quarterback instead.

Three of the four finalists for the award are all quarterbacks: Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts, LSU's Joe Burrow and Ohio State's Justin Fields. Another Buckeye, defensive end Chase Young rounded out the the field.

Taylor, who was already named the Big Ten's top running back, had built a solid resume for college football's most prestigious award, having amassed 1,909 rushing yards so far this season along with 209 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions.

As an athlete much bigger than the numbers he's amassed, though, Taylor is the most dangerous back in the nation with 4.2 speed and a 5'11", 220 lb frame.

While JT had put together a resume for being selected to go to New York for the award ceremony all season long, his past five games were hoped to have been the punctuation marks for his Heisman case:

- 31 carries, 205 yards in a 24-22 win over over Iowa
- 25 carries, 204 yards and 2 touchdowns for a 37-21 win at Nebraska
- 28 carries, 222 yards and one touchdown in a 45-24 win vs Purdue
- 18 carries, 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions for 39 yards and another score in a 38-17 win over Minnesota to win the Big Ten West
- 20 carries, 148 rushing yards and one touchdown in a 34-21 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, where Taylor became the first player this year to rush for over 100 yards against the Buckeyes.

During that span, the Salem, New Jersey native has averaged 180 rushing yards per game with seven touchdowns overall.

Aside from what the 2018 Doak Walker award winner has done behind his blockers, Taylor's compliment to his game has been his improved receiving skills. Entering 2019 with just 16 career receptions, Taylor has hauled in 24 passes so far for 209 yards and five touchdowns, adding another lethal threat to Wisconsin's offense.

With all that Taylor has done, he still has another mountain to climb to win the Heisman as it has become a de facto quarterback award, as the last three winners have all played under center. It has been awarded to a running back just once since 2010, which was Alabama's Derrick Henry in 2015.

The winner will be announced Saturday, 7 p.m. CT on ESPN from New York City.