Hey, SEC stars, if you want an invitation to New York, you might want to start picking up the pace a bit. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson just keeps running away with the Heisman race, and the rest of the field is leaving the conference in its dust, too.
There’s still two-thirds of the regular season to go, but these guys have serious ground to make up:
IN THE MIX
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU: He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in every game this season – and in six straight dating to last season, 15 of 17 games back to his freshman year – but Fournette is hardly the dominant force we expected. And he only got 16 carries in the loss at Auburn. Why only 16? Coach Les Miles might have explained, but he was fired on Sunday. With 151.7 total yards per game so far this fall, Fournette still has hope. It’s dwindling, though.
ONE TO WATCH
QB Trevor Knight, Texas A&M: No one is using his name and Heisman in the same sentence, but the ninth-ranked Aggies are undefeated and Knight is a big reason why. He’s a dangerous dual threat averaging 341 total yards and 3 touchdowns per game, numbers good enough to get in the mix if A&M keeps winning.
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RB Nick Chubb, Georgia: Ole Miss opening up a big early lead didn’t help Chubb’s workload, but 12 carries for 57 yards will not a Heisman win. Averaging 66.7 yards over the last three games won’t either. This candidacy is toast before it even really got going.
QB Drew Lock, Missouri: He has the numbers. The sophomore ranks second nationally in passing yards (1,508) and touchdowns (14). But the Tigers are 2-2 and headed to LSU this weekend. Light it up there and maybe he becomes a real Heisman hopeful.
RB Boom Williams, Kentucky: Imagine if this guy was on a great team. He’s second in the SEC in rushing yards (464), averaging 8 yards per carry. Williams is a threat to go the distance every time he touches it, leading the league in runs of 10-plus yards (16) and 20-plus (6).
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) September 25, 2016
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville: Just 479 total yards and 7 touchdowns at Marshall. Yawn. He now has 1,856 total yards and 25 total touchdowns. Only 26 FBS teams (not counting his own) have more yards and just one has more touchdowns. Saturday night at No. 5 Clemson is a huge opportunity to reaffirm himself as the Heisman favorite.
Touchdown number seven
Passing TD number five
It's another epic night for Lamar Jackson. https://t.co/Yqo347TKuf
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 25, 2016
RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: No FBS player averages more rushing yards per game than his 145.3. He’s averaging 211.7 all-purpose yards per game this season, including 165 in last week’s win over UCLA.
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: He had the weekend off, but his 13 total touchdowns in the second-ranked Buckeyes’ first three games were enough to launch a viable Heisman campaign.
QB Greg Ward Jr., Houston: Piled up 328 total yards and 3 touchdowns in a little more than a half against Texas State. He’s averaged 350 total yards in the three games he’s played, helping his sixth-ranked Cougars improve to 4-0.
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State: After starting the season slow (by his standards), Cook finally went all the way off against South Florida with 267 total yards. He’s averaging 169 combined yards rushing and receiving.
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson: His 340 total yards at Georgia Tech marked the preseason Heisman favorite’s best performance of 2016. A big game against No. 3 Louisville and current Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson this weekend would bolster his chances.
LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: No sacks or tackles for loss last week, but he did have 5 tackles and returned a punt 53 yards to set up No. 4 Michigan’s first touchdown in a rout of Penn State. He leads the nation in tackles for loss (9 ½) and ranks second in punt-return average (22.7).
IF WE VOTED TODAY
- Lamar Jackson
- Christian McCaffrey
- Jabrill Peppers