2017 Heisman Trophy Race: After Week 5
Who are the top players and stars in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Heisman Trophy Race After Week 5
If the season were to end right now, who would be the top vote-getters 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 Luke Falk, Washington State (Sr.)
Falk takes the place of Josh Rosen, Mason Rudolph and Sam Darnold as the Heisman quarterback du jour.
Yeah, he’s a system guy, and yeah, he gets beaten up, and yeah, he got knocked out of the Boise State game,, but he’s hitting 75% of his passes with 300 yards in four of his five games with 16 scores and two picks.
He threw for 340 yards and two scores with an interception against USC, while Darnold couldn’t seem to pick up a blitz.
4. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (Jr.)
Certain to be the No. 3 guy on everyone’s ballot, Jackson continues to be fantastic hitting 64% of his passes with 13 touchdown throws and three picks, while running for 437 yards and five scores. The Clemson game is past, but it would be nice if he blew up against NC State or Florida State to get back on the Heisman radar.
3. RB Bryce Love, Stanford (Jr.)
The latest Stanford running back who’ll put up a bazillion yards but won’t win the Heisman, Love has been dominant over the last two games with 301 yards and three scores against Arizona State coming off a 263-yard day against UCLA.
Averaging over 11 yards per carry, he’s already at the 1,000-yard mark after five games. If Stanford gets to the Pac-12 championship, and throw in the bowl game, at this pace he’ll run for over 3,000 yards.
2. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Out of sight, out of mind.
Oklahoma hasn’t played a national-caliber game since the Ohio State whacking, but the big moments are coming up with Texas in a few weeks, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia still to face.
His performance against the Buckeyes should still make him No. 1, but theres’s too much attention on Saquon Barkley at the moment. Even so, completing 75% of his passes, averaging over 13 yards per throws and with 13 touchdowns and no picks is amazing.
1. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Jr.)
He threw a touchdown pass against Indiana and returned a kickoff for a score – but you have to ignore that he was stuffed for just 56 yards on 20 carries and no scores, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.
The Iowa performance was special, but soon he’ll have to come through in the really big games. Michigan and Ohio State will be in back-to-back weeks at the end of the month. The Heisman will be won or lost in those two games, with the date at Michigan State to follow.
Player who deserves to be in the race, but isn’t …
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (Jr.)
Not only is he leading the nation in passing yards per game, he’s leading the way by ten miles. The Texas A&M game should’ve been enough to keep him in everyone’s top five all season long, but the misfires in losses to Memphis and Stanford knocked him off the radar.
However, he’s averaging 427 passing yards per game with a nation-high 17 touchdown passes. Texas Tech’s Nic Shimonek is No. 2 in yards averaging 394 yards per games and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Washington State’s Luke Falk have each thrown 16 touchdown passes.
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 Kelly Bryant, Clemson, Jr.; QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Soph.