Heisman Watch Week 6
Preseason rankings and preseason watch lists really don’t mean much at all. It’s a nice recognition for a bunch of teams and individuals but that’s all it is. I think that college football rankings shouldn’t be published until week 6 of the season. Same thing with all of the post-season awards lists. Let’s see what each team and player actually brings to the table this season, not based on last season and projections. There is a lot of football left to play but this is where things stand so far in my mind. Here are the top Heisman candidates for 2017 thus far.
5. Lamar Jackson- JR- QB Louisville
The reigning Heisman trophy winner has been having a solid season so far. He is second in the nation in total yards with 2,073 (1,636 passing, 437 rushing). He has 13 passing TDs to only 3 INTs and 5 rushing TDs to go along with it.
4. Luke Falk- SR- QB Washington State
Luke lead the Cougars to an upset over USC and another Heisman hopeful, Sam Darnold. He is a big reason WSU is ranked 11 in the nation. On the season, Falk has thrown for 1,716 yard, 16 TDs and 2 INTs, with a 74.5% completion percentage.
3. Bryce Love- JR- RB Stanford
Last week Love set a school record rushing for 301 yards against Arizona State. Through the first 5 games this season he has 1,088 yards rushing. He’s averaging 11.1 yards per carry. Only 5 players have ever had more through 5 games. This week he faces a stiff test against Utah that is known for shutting down the run.
2. Baker Mayfield- SR- QB Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield is the heart and soul of this Sooner team. The former walk-on has 1,329 yards passing, 13 TDs and 0 INTs. He has completed 75.2% of his passes so far. The most impressive outing of the season was against Ohio State. He showed the intangibles against one of the top teams in the country that you would expect a Heisman candidate to have.
1. Saquon Barkley- JR- RB Penn State
The 5’11”, 230 lbs RB means more to the success of Penn State than any other team in the nation. He didn’t have his best game rushing the ball against Indiana but he showed he’s multi talented. He returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score and ended his day with a passing TD to DaeSean Hamilton. On the season he has 574 rushing yards, 4 TDs and 6.7 yards per carry.
Others considered- Sam Darnold- QB- USC, Rashaad Penny- RB- SDSU, Mason Rudolph- QB- OK St, Ed Oliver- DT- Houston, Jalen Hurts- QB- Alabama, Josh Jackson- QB- VT