2017 Heisman Trophy Race: Week 2
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. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Jr.)
Barkley probably doesn’t deserve Heisman consideration quite yet compared to Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, but he’s the guy on the hot team that’s rolling over the first two weeks.
He wasn’t used too much against Pitt, but he came up with a sweet touchdown on a pass play. On the year he’s averaging over nine yards per carry with three scores and is fifth in the nation in yards from scrimmage.
4. QB Sam Darnold, USC (Soph.)
Welcome back. All he needed to do was be nearly perfect against big, bad Stanford to get everyone to love him again.
He wasn’t that bad against Western Michigan, but outside of two picks, he was magnificent against Stanford completing 21-of-26 passes for 316 yards and four scores.
3. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (Jr.)
In terms of value, he should be on top – Louisville is 0-2 without him.
He pulled the Cardinals out of the fire against North Carolina, and now on the year has completed 65% of his passes for 771 yards and five touchdowns with no picks, while running of 239 yards and three scores.
2. QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (Jr.)
The nation’s third-leading passer didn’t do anything wrong after his scintillating performance against Texas A&M, but he didn’t beat Ohio State at Ohio State.
22-of-25 for 329 yards and five touchdowns against Hawaii – at least – puts him at No. 1A on the list.
1. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Sr.)
He got the win he needed to have. Not only did he lead the young team with a young coach to the win at Ohio State, but he did it with flair.
On the year so far, he completed 84% of his passes for 715 yards and six scores with no picks. 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Buckeyes – again, with a 31-16 win – puts him in the lead spot.
Player who deserves to be in the race, but isn’t …
RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (Sr.)
The nation’s leader in all-purpose yardage, Penny averaging 284 yards per game. The No. 2 guy – Western Michigan’s Darius Phillips – averaging 218. After running of 197 yards against UC Davis, and 216 against Arizona State, Penny is the nation’s leading rusher – averaging 10.6 yards per carry – with 117 yards on kickoff returns and 38 receiving.
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.
QB Jesse Ertz, Kansas State Sr.; RB Royce Freeman, Oregon, Sr.; QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Soph; QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Sr.