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.
Lamar Jackson is Lamar Jackson again. Can anyone possibly catch him? The field is starting to sort itself out, but there’s a new star jumping back into the mix.
If the season ended right now, the Heisman top five would be …
Post-Week 8 Race For The Heisman Rankings
1. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Soph.
It’s starting to become a runaway, and only an injury at this point might stop him. He’s 14th in the nation in passing yards per game, sixth in the nation in rushing, and the stats continue to be more and more ridiculous throwing 18 touchdown passes with just four picks, and with 908 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Brilliant against NC State, there isn’t even a close second pick at the moment.
2. RB Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jr.
Yeah, the guy missed three games so far, but his 284 yards and three scores on just 16 carries against Ole Miss – averaging a mere 17.75 yards per carry – proved he’s back and ready to make a big statement. You want highlights? It seemed like every pounding, breathtaking carry against the Rebels was one. The Heisman hope all hinges on the finishing kick after getting a week off – Alabama, at Arkansas, Florida, at Texas A&M. If he carries the Tigers to a four-game winning streak in November, LJack will have a whole lot of competition.
3. QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Fr.
He only threw for 164 yards against Texas A&M, and he gave up two picks, but he also ran for two touchdowns and tore off 93 yards and a score. More importantly, he got the win over the win over the Aggies. The spotlight game at LSU in two weeks could make-or-break any shot at becoming a finalist, and the Auburn game will of course be a big deal. The biggest problem? The defense is the star, even if he’s going to be seen as a sort of MVP.
4. QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr.
Now comes his big highlight moment. He’s thrown for 300 yards or more in three of the last four games – he wasn’t needed as much against Boston College, throwing for 270 yards and four scores – and now he’s rested and ready for Florida State. Win out, take the ACC title, and he’ll be everyone’s No. 3 pick, at worst.
5. QB Jake Browning, Washington, Soph.
He’s coming off a mediocre game against Oregon State, and he still threw for 291 yards and three scores averaging over ten yards per pass. On the year he’s thrown 26 touchdown passes with two picks, and now he gets the national spotlight again with Utah coming up.
In the green room waiting for a call
LB/KR Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State; WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma