Miami Hurricanes defensive end Greg Rousseau is projected as the seventh favorite odds for the 2020 Heisman Trophy according to the College Football news.
Miami Hurricanes defensive end Greg Rousseau had a breakout season in 2019 as a redshirt freshman with 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. The dominance Rousseau showed in 2019 has led to major accolades during the 2020 offseason. The latest honor for Rousseau is being the seventh favorite for the Heisman Trophy.
Rousseau is projected as a consensus top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Barring any unforeseen development, Rousseau will leave for the NFL following his redshirt sophomore season in 2020. Rousseau is poised to be in the running for multiple awards during the 2020 Miami football season.
In 2019, Rousseau was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 2020 Rousseau will be on nearly every watch list for Defensive Player Awards and should be a preseason All-American. Rousseau leads returning players in college football in sacks. Rousseau was second in sacks in 2019 only to Chase Young of Ohio State.
Young finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2019. Rousseau had 1.5 fewer TFLs and one less sack than Young in 2019. For Rousseau to have a realistic chance at even being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2020, the Miami football team will likely have to improve by three or four wins.
7. DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
It’s been a while – Myles Garrett in 2017 – since a superstar pass rusher went No. 1 overall. Chase Young was the best player in this year’s draft, but it’s a quarterback world now. Rousseau is a bit tall and rangy for the top spot, but he’ll likely be the top pass rusher coming out.
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The College Football News summarized Rousseau above. Being the top pass rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft is a great testament to the hard work that Rousseau has put in and his freakish athletic ability at 6’6, 260. Rousseau, graduate transfer Quincy Roche and redshirt junior Jalean Phillips give Miami a feared pass rush in 2020.
Rosseau has a chance to break the Miami single-season record for sacks set by Danny Stubbs in 1986 with 17. Rousseau is second on the all-time single-season sack record at Miami with the 15.5 he had last season. The team record of 52 should also be challenged. Rousseau could be Miami’s first Heisman Finalist since 2002.