Heisman Trophy Race

Heisman Trophy Race 2016: After Week 5

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.

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So NOW what do you do with this thing?

Louisville lost, but Mr. Jackson was the star of the show. Does that kill his chances for the Heisman? Hardly.

If the season ended right now, the Heisman top five would be …

Post-Week 5 Race For The Heisman Rankings

1. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Soph.

Deshaun Watson got the win, but it was Jackson who had the electrifying game that almost pulled the game out of the fire. Still unstoppable as a runner, he ran 31 times for 162 yards and two scores to go along with his 295 passing yards, and a score.

It’s not just about the numbers, but they’re absolutely ridiculous completing 59% of his passes for 1,625 yards and 14 touchdowns and four scores, and averaging 7.5 yards per dash with 14 touchdowns. But again, it’s more than that. Even in a loss, he’s still been the best player in college football.

2. QB Greg Ward, Houston, Jr.

He continues to suffer from not being Lamar Jackson, but in any other year he’d be the sure-thing Heisman star right now.

So you don’t think he’s a pocket passer? Maybe not, but he lit up Connecticut and to boost his completion rate up to 71%. But he’s dong that on the run, too.

Compared to Jackson he only has eight touchdown passes and five rushing scores, but he’s been an MVP of sorts considering what he brings. After the win over the Huskies, he’s the nation’s leading active starting QB – Houston has won 18 in a row in games he started.

3. QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr.

The numbers aren’t kind compared to others, but his team still has a zero in the loss column – that’s all that matters.

He has seven picks and has yet to run for a score, but he’s hitting everything over the last three games – outside of the three picks against Louisville. One of those interceptions wasn’t his fault, but it was his second straight 300-yard day with five touchdown passes – and a win.

4. QB Jake Browning, Washington, Soph.

Take out Christian MacCaffrey, replace him with Jake Browning as the Pac-12’s great Heisman hope.

The defense is the signature star of the Husky season, but Browning has been the right type of team-lever and playmaker hitting 71% of his passes wit 17 touchdowns and just two picks with a rushing score. Now the spotlight is on, and if he keeps on producing at his current level and U-Dub keeps winning, he’ll be right there in the mix for a New York City trip.

5. QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr.

It’s a bad year to be a dynamic all-around quarterback in the Heisman race. Barrett continues to be the flawless conductor for the Buckeye offense, completing 69% of his passes with 14 scores, just two picks, and with three rushing touchdowns. Remember, he’s doing all this with a ton of new parts around him –

In the green room waiting for a call

QB Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr.; QB Davis Webb, Sr.