2017 Heisman Trophy Race: After Week 3
Who are the top players and stars in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Heisman Trophy Race After Week 3
Here’s how this works. Forget all the preseason hype and the initial thoughts, it’s all about what has actually happened.
If the season were to end right now, who would be the top options in the 2017 Heisman Trophy race? What would the voters likely do?
There’s nothing scientific about this, and it’s all just a projection – no voter is allowed to release his-or-her ballot until the winner is announced. This is merely a best guess.
5. QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (Jr.)
He’s still on the radar because he’s doing everything to carry the Bruins.
There’s no running game, there’s no defense, and if he’s not taking a slew of chances to press the issue, there’s no hope of winning.
Yeah, he’s getting blamed for two picks against Memphis, but by the way, he threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Now, after just three games he’s slung it for 1,283 yards and 13 scores with just those two interceptions.
4. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Jr.)
Eventually, he’s going to have to produce against a team that isn’t awful. Fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game, there’s no denying his talent, and he’s certainly the star of a strong Penn State squad, but making big plays against Akron, Pitt and Georgia State isn’t going to cut it.
The big problem with his campaign? The raw numbers probably won’t be there with just 307 rushing yards so far.
3. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (Sr.)
The buzz is starting to build. After destroying Pitt for 497 yards and five touchdowns – but who hasn’t? – he’s now hitting 72% of his throws for 1,135 yards and 11 scores, averaging a ridiculous 12.1 yards per attempt. out of quarterbacks who’ve played more than two games, Baker Mayfield is the only other one to average more than 12 yards per throw.
2. QB Sam Darnold, USC (Soph.)
The six interceptions are a problem -the pick-six against Texas wasn’t his fault, though – and the overall numbers are just fine compared to what some other stars are doing. So why is he in this? He’s cranking up the production on the big stages making clutch play after clutch play. Throwing for 397 yards and three scores against the Longhorns didn’t hurt the cause.
1. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Sr.)
The production just keeps on coming. So how did he respond after the win over Ohio State? It took a little while to wake up, and then he threw for 331 yards and four scores.
Ultra-efficient, he’s hitting 77% of his passes for 1,046 yards and ten touchdowns with no picks. He’s not running at all, but that doesn’t matter – it’s actually a plus.
Player who deserves to be in the race, but isn’t …
RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (Sr.)
The nation’s leading rusher didn’t just rip through UC Davis and Arizona State; he carried the mail 32 times for 175 yards and a score in the win over Stanford.
With 69 receiving yards and a score on the year, and with 117 kickoff return yards and a touchdown, he leads the nation in all-purpose yards.
Others In Range
One big game and they’ll be close to getting into the top five. Remember, this is partially based on what we think the voters would do.
RB Royce Freeman, Oregon, Sr.; QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Soph; QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr.