Who are the signature players so far this college football season? Who belongs front and center in the Heisman chase? It’s the weekly Race to the Heisman, ranking the current five top candidates.
It’s the Lamar Jackson Invitational, but who’s still alive and kicking in the hunt for the finalist spots?
If the season ended right now, the Heisman top five would be …
Post-Week 10 Race For The Heisman Rankings
1. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Soph.
There isn’t even a No. 2 option at the moment. Jackson’s 7.3 yards per carry, 19 touchdown, 26 passing score, six pick, clutch play, high-powered-game-manager, helping to carry team to brink of the College Football Playoff season has made him the only choice. And he’s not slowing down.
2. LB/S/PR Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Jr.
Okay, so mainly he’s in the Heisman race because there’s no one else for the No. 2 spot, and Wilton Speight isn’t all that sexy a choice, but he’s certainly a whole lot of fun. Is he the signature player of the 2016 college football season? No, but he’s doing everything right whenever he gets the chance.
3. QB Jake Browning, Washington, Soph.
Washington’s defense is still the star, but Browning continues to be phenomenal in his Heisman-worthy season. He might settle into the second spot if he closes strong, but for now, throwing 34 touchdown passes with just three picks, running for four scores, and leading the nation in passer rating has been more than good enough for one of the season’s hottest teams.
4. QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Fr.
The stats aren’t there, but what more do you want out of the guy? In an MVP sort of way, considering Alabama is No. 1, who’s been better? He stepped up in the war against LSU with the runs needed to pull off the win, took over the Tennessee game, and got the job done against Texas A&M. He has seven rushing touchdowns in the last four games – three on the road – and has been good enough as a passer to balance things out.
5. RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas, Jr.
All he’s doing is carrying an offense, a team, a football program, a coaching staff, a state, and the hopes for an entire season. No pressure. He’s averaging over seven yards per carry, rushing for 591 yards and five scores in his last two games, tearing through Texas Tech on Saturday to keep bowl hopes alive.
In the green room waiting for a call
QB J.T. Barrett, Jr. Ohio State.; RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State, Jr.; QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Sr.; RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State; QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr.