2017 Heisman Trophy Race: Week 1
Who are the top players and stars in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Heisman Trophy Race
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 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (Sr.)
Nearly perfect in the opening weekend blowout over Tulsa, Rudolph completed 20-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three scores.
4. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (Jr.)
What more do you want the reigning Heisman winner to do? The team stunk it up against Purdue, and while Jackson wasn’t razor-sharp, he carried the Cardinals by completing 30-of-46 passes for 378 yards and two scores, and running for 107 yards on 21 carries.
3. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Jr.)
Last year he mostly tore up the weak and the sad, and he did that against Akron to kick off 2017 running for 172 yards and two scores – averaging over 12 yards per carry – with three catches for 54 yards in the blowout win. After one week he leads the nation in all-purpose yardage.
2. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Okay, okay, it was only against UTEP, but in one half, Mayfield completed 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns, averaging over 16 yards per throw.
1. QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (Jr.)
All he did was come up with one of the greatest comebacks in the history of college football. After taking a beating for a half, Rosen ripped up Texas A&M with a special fourth quarter, finishing with 491 yards on a 35-of-59 day with four scores and no picks.
Player who deserves to be in the race, but isn’t …
QB Zach Abey, Navy (Jr.)
After one week, the new starting Navy quarterback leads the nation in rushing, tearing up Florida Atlantic for 235 yards and two scores. He also threw a touchdown pass.
Others In Range
One big game and they’re moving into the top five. Remember, this is partially based on what we think the voters would do.
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Sr.; QB Sam Darnold, USC, Soph.; QB Jesse Ertz, Kansas State Sr.; RB Royce Freeman, Oregon, Sr; QB Drew Lock, Jr. Missouri