2017 Heisman Race: After Week 7
Who are the leaders in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Top Heisman Contenders After Week 7 Are …
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It’s not just about who the best players are, and it’s not about who the most talented players are. The Heisman goes to the one who leads the pack in the popularity contest. At this point in the year, who are the top stars in the race for the biggest individual prize in American sports?
5. QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
It’s going to be hard for Barrett to win over Baker Mayfield after losing the head-to-head battle earlier in the year, but he’s exploding with a phenomenal year that’s about to get him into the chase.
Now, after throwing for 325 yards and five scores against Nebraska – completing 82% of his throws – he’s hitting 67% of his passes for 1,838 yards and 21 touchdowns with just one interception. He’s also running well, taking off for 359 yards and five scores.
4. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
When you’re close to beating Emmitt Smith and Adrian Peterson for all-time marks, you’re doing something big.
Taylor didn’t quite make history as the first freshman to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark in six games, and he had a rough late fumble against Purdue, but he ran for 219 yards and a score after taking off for 249 yards and two scores against Nebraska the week before.
If he stays in one piece, he’s a lock for 2,000.
3. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
The national love is still there – that Iowa game appears to have made an indelible impression on college football fans and media members. However, he was stopped by Indiana and Northwestern on the ground and has just half.
Granted, he’s played one fewer game, but he has less than half the rushing yards that Bryce Love has amassed.
However, he leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game averaging 16 more than Love. Barkley is a receiver and a kick returner, and Love isn’t.
2. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
This is all about trying to take the national pulse.
Mayfield should be the leader in the Heisman clubhouse after his brilliant performance against Ohio State on the road, and cemented by his gut-check game against Texas, including the game-winning touchdown drive. And now, if it’s possible, he’s underrated.
He’s still averaging 12 yards per completion – only UCF’s McKenzie Milton and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph are averaging more than nine – and while he threw his first interception of the year, he has 17 touchdown passes and 1,937 yards completing 73% of his tries.
1. RB Bryce Love, Stanford
A straight numbers guy over performances against top teams, the 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns after just seven games are staggering. Averaging 10.27 yards per carry, that’s more than a full yard over Notre Dame’s Josh Adams, and obliterates everyone else.
How gaudy are the stats? His 198 yards per game are almost 30 yards more than the nation’s No. 2 rusher – Navy QB Zach Abey – and over 33 yards more than Jonathan Taylor.
Top 5 Players On The Verge …
In alphabetical order …
QB Kenny Hill, TCU
QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
QB McKenzie Milton, UCF
QB Khalil Tate, Arizona