Who are the signature players so far this college football season? Who belongs front and center in the Heisman chase? Welcome to the weekly Race to the Heisman, ranking the current five top candidates.
The Heisman isn’t about who the best player is, and it’s not about who the most talented player might be. Who are the standout and signature players on the top teams? Who’s making the biggest difference? Welcome to Week 2’s Race For The Heisman. If the season ended right now, the Heisman top five would be …
Week 2 Race For The Heisman Rankings
1.QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Soph.
And now it’s his chance to really show what he can do with the Florida State game a make-or-break moment. Unstoppable so far, he’s thrown for 697 yards and seven touchdowns with a pick, is third in the nation in rushing with 318 yards and six scores, and he came within a rushing yard of going 400/200 against Syracuse – over 400 passing yards, 200 rushing yards.
2. QB Deondre Francois, Florida State, RFr.
What more could you possibly want out of the one guy who was the big question mark on a loaded Florida State team? He’s hit 69% of his passes for 681 yards and five scores with a pick and ran for 56 yards as the leader of a team rolling to a potentially huge season – if the Noles beat Louisville.
3. QB Greg Ward, Houston, Jr.
While he might already have a shoulder injury, his one performance against Oklahoma puts him deep in the hunt for the Heisman throwing for 321 yards and two scores – but only running for one yard and losing a late fumble – as the signature star of 2016’s hot team.
4. RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Jr.
While he sort of got bottled up by Kansas State, it’s all relative. He ran for 126 yards and two scores, caught seven passes for 40 yards, returned two punts for 16 yards, returned a kickoff for 28 yards, and had a brilliant kick return called back for a penalty.
5. QB Dakota Prukop, Oregon, Sr.
The transfer has been outstanding so far for the Ducks hitting 69% of his passes for 602 yards and six touchdowns with no picks. While he’s not going to be Marcus Mariota running the ball, he has 55 yards and a touchdown. Now he needs a game and a moment bigger than Virginia.
In the green room waiting for a call
RB Kalen Ballage, Arizoan State, Jr.; QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr.; QB Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr.; QB Philip Nelson, East Carolina, Sr.; RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, Sr.