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’ll be the No. 1 pick in the draft – DeShone Kizer will get his reward in April. The greatest individual trophy in sports goes to the top offensive player on the top team – who’s the signature player of the college football season? After Week 3, the Race For The Heisman is clearing up fast. If the season ended right now, the Heisman top five would be …
Post-Week 3 Race For The Heisman Rankings
1. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Soph.
How’s this for how explosive he’s been – he’s averaging 10.5 PER PLAY. Obviously, that means every time the Cardinals snap the ball they’re probably going to get a first down. The big test was Florida State, and he more than passed the test to get up to ten rushing scores and eight touchdown passes in his first three games.
2. QB Greg Ward, Houston, Jr.
Hurt by not playing against Lamar and padding his stats, he came back from his minor shoulder injury to crank up two rushing touchdowns and threw for 326 yards in the win over Cincinnati. The win over Oklahoma might not seem like quite as big a deal now, but it was still flawless.
3. RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Jr.
The numbers aren’t jaw-dropping quite yet, but considering the Cardinal are rebuilding and he was keyed on by two talented and strong defenses in Kansas State and USC, 291 rushing yards and three scores, 11 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown is hardly bad.
4. QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr.
He’ll never come close to leading the nation in passing, but for a rebuilding offense and a young team that just rocked Oklahoma on the road, starting out the season with 650 yards, ten touchdowns, one pick, and three touchdown runs is fantastic.
5. RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, Sr.
The nation’s leader in yards from scrimmage, Pumphrey has been dominant with 599 rushing yards and seven touchdowns overall for a team that’s starting to get more and more national attention.
In the green room waiting for a call
QB Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr.; QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, Jr.; LB/KR Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Jr.; QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr.; QB Davis Webb, Cal, Sr.