2017 Heisman Trophy Race: After Week 10
Who are the current leaders in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy?
Top Heisman Contenders After Week 10 Are …
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After a brutal weekend of upsets and rough performances, who are the true contenders now for the Heisman?
5. QB McKenzie Milton, UCF
He’s just on the verge of being a thing.
The star of one of the five remaining unbeatens, the winning and the numbers are getting to be too impressive to ignore, hitting 70% of his passes for 2,409 yards and 20 touchdowns with five picks.
He hasn’t had to bomb away over the last few games, but he had to come up big against SMU, and he did, throwing for 412 yards and a score. There were two picks, but the Knights got the win and keep on rolling.
4. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
He might fumble a bit too much, and he might not have come up with a big Heisman-caliber moment quite yet, but he’s deep in the mix now because of the numbers.
It’s all setting up for the next few weeks. If he’s great vs. Iowa and then Michigan, then the Heisman spotlight will be on in the Big Ten Championship.
Back from a slight injury, he ran for 183 yards and a score against Indiana, getting up to 1,368 yards and 12 scores, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.
3. QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama
The stats aren’t anything amazing, but he’s getting a weekly showcase now with everyone watching Alabama games more than ever down the stretch. When he’s the one coming up with the great moments in the big, grinding showdowns, he’s looking the part.
The stats aren’t awful – running for 616 yards and seven scores, and completing 61% of his passes with ten touchdowns and a pick – but he’s here because he’s the main man on one of the three big teams going.
2. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
At this point, he’s only here because of the ongoing media hype – he doesn’t deserve to be in the Heisman race.
In the two biggest games of the year, he fizzled on the ground with just 63 yards on 14 carries in the loss to Michigan State, and with just 44 yards and a score in the loss to Ohio State. That makes it three times in the last four games without 100 yards rushing, and six games in the last seven.
The talent is undeniable, and the all-purpose yards are great, but one great game vs. Iowa and one big kickoff return vs. Michigan aren’t enough.
1. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
It’s as if it took everyone else collapsing for America to finally realize that Mayfield has been the best option all along.
The performance against Ohio State is still the signature moment, but the comebacks against Texas and Kansas State are baked into the cake.
And then came the Oklahoma State classic.
He threw a brutal late pick, but he cranked up 598 yards and five touchdowns with a rushing score in the 62-52 shootout. Now, on the year he’s completing 72% of his throws averaging 12 yards per toss for a team still deep in the Big 12 and College Football Playoff chases.
Top 5 Players On The Verge …
In alphabetical order …
RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame
QB Sam Darnold, USC
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
RB Bryce Love, Stanford
QB Khalil Tate, Arizona