2017 Heisman Trophy Race: After Week 4
Who are the top players and stars in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Heisman Trophy Race After Week 4
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 Lamar Jackson, Louisville (Jr.)
The chances of winning it a second time are over now after the loss to Clemson a few weeks ago, but he followed it up by hitting 18-of-22 passes for 299 yards and two scores with two picks, and running for 34 yards with a score, in the blowout win over Kent State. With just one more big national-stage performance, he’ll likely be everyone No. 3 or 4 choice on the ballot.
4. QB Luke Falk, Washington State (Sr.)
This might be a rental of a spot, but with a date against USC up next, the spotlight will be on – it’ll be billed as a Heisman-watch moment. After throwing for 478 yards and five scores against Nevada, the stats are fantastic. He’s hitting over 75% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and just one pick. But to really be in the race, he has to beat …
3. QB Sam Darnold, USC (Soph.)
While he keeps throwing interceptions – seven so far on the year – he’s still been able to come up with enough big moments to offset the other concerns. The raw numbers aren’t going to be there next to the other statistical superstars, but his talent goes beyond that. As long as USC is unbeaten, he’ll be seen as the main reason why.
2. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Sr.)
He actually deserves to still be No. 1 – considering his big Heisman moment so far came in a bigger game against a better Ohio State team than what Saquon Barkley did against Iowa – but for now, Barkley is going to get more of the national love.
Mayfield was Mayfield against Baylor, completing 13-of-19 passes for 283 yards and three scores, averaging a ridiculous 14.9 yards per pass. It was a struggle to get by Baylor, but his team is still unbeaten and he’s been perfect – he has yet to throw a pick.
1. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Jr.)
You do that with the whole world watching, and you become the combination of great player, great guy, NFL talent, and college football legend all wrapped up in one historically amazing win.
Trace McSorley might have come up with the game-winning throw to beat Iowa, but Barkley did everything else, running for 211 yards and a score on 28 carries, and catching 12 passes for 94 yards.
Player who deserves to be in the race, but isn’t …
RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (Sr.)
The nation’s leading rusher continues to do it all. He saved the day in the 28-24 win over Air Force with 128 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with three catches for 18 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 Josh Rosen, UCLA, Jr.