Heisman Watch Week 1

1. Jameis Winston – Florida State: Showed a lot of heart in leading his team to a victory over a surprisingly tough Oklahoma State team that nobody thought had a chance against the Seminoles. Winston threw for 370 yards on 25 completions on 40 attempts and had 1 TD and 2 Interceptions. He ran for only 9 yards on 5 carries but sacks took away from a Sports Center Highlight run where he ran through seemingly every Oklahoma State defender for a 28 yard TD. Maybe not the best of nights for Winston and the Seminoles but the TD run was enough to keep him the front runner.jameis winston 3



2. Marcus Mariota – Oregon:
Cakewalk for his team in week one with South Dakota coming to town. Next week Mariota and the Ducks will be challenged by the Michigan State Spartans who still have one of the top defenses in the country.

Mariota had 267 yards passing on 14/20 and 3 TDs. He also had 43 yards rushing on 6 carries and another TD.


3. Brett Hundley – UCLA: Hundley had a bit of a rough week but it was mostly out of his control as his Offensive Line got hammered by a surprisingly stout defense at Virginia. Hundley hit 20 out of 33 passes for 242 yards and no touchdowns. He had 39 yards rushing on 15 carries which is not that bad considering how much he was running for his very life. UCLA prevailed 28-20 based entirely on their defense scoring 3 TDs off of turnovers.


4. Todd Gurley – Georgia: The great Todd Gurley made a major move on Saturday and no doubt established himself even better as the top Running Back in the country with 198 yards rushing on 15 carries and 3 TDs. Gurley also had a Kick Off return of 100 yards and he’s moving way up on the

Heisman watch list.



5. TJ Yeldon – Alabama:  Yeldon had 126 yards on 23 carries and 2 TDs. Averaged 5.5 yards per carry while sharing RB duties with Derrick Henry.



6. Nick Marshall – Auburn: Suspended for 1st half of game versus Arkansas. Second half was suspended due to lightening. Marshall only had 50 yards passing on 4 completions on 6 attempts. He rushed for only 19 yards on 8 carries with 1 TD. This set back may have taken him out of the Heisman race if he was ever actually in it.


7. Bryce Petty – Baylor: Baylor won 45-0 and it was over in the 1st quarter, so Petty didn’t have the best of stats. He was 13/23 for 161 yards and 2 TDs. Plus, he ran twice for 21 yards and 2 more  TDs. Turns out he injured his back in the 1st half.



8. Braxton Miller – Ohio State: Done for season and officially off of list next week. He may just go ahead and declare for the NFL draft this year and be done with college football.


9. Leonard Fournette – LSU: Not exactly a Herschel Walker type start for Fournette with 18 yards rushing on 8 carries. He also had 5 Kick Off Returns and averaged 23.4 with a long of 33 yards. It’s still early and don’t give up on him completely, but it wasn’t the best of debuts for Fournette.


10. Dak Prescott – Mississippi State: Prescott had 284 yards passing on 18/26 passing and 4 TDs. He also threw 1 Interception. Dak rushed for 23 yards on 8 carries.


11. Melvin Gordon – Wisconsin: Gordon rushed for 140 yards on 16 carries for an 8.8 YPC and had a 63 yard run. Gordon also had a 14 yard TD run. He averaged 8.08 YPC on the season last year so doing something similar against one of the traditionally toughest defenses in the country was impressive.


12. Duke Johnson – Miami: 20 carries for 90 yards in Monday’s beating at the hands of Louisville.


13. Mike Davis – South Carolina: 6 carries for 15 yards in his first game just about does it for Mike Davis.


14. Ameer Abdullah- Nebraska: A huge day for the Cornhusker star. He rushed for 232 yards on 21 carries and 1 TD. Just so a reader doesn’t reach for a calculator that is an eye popping 11 yards per carry. Abdullah may be moving up the list.

15. Javorius “Buck” Allen – USC: 22 carries for 133 yards and 1 TD against Fresno State. Also had 1 catch for 23 yards.


16. Kenny Hill – Texas A&M:  Kenny Hill exploded onto the scene on Thursday night as his Aggies demolished the South Carolina Gamecocks. Johnny who? Hill put up numbers that Manziel never did and this was his first start against a supposedly a top 10 team. Hill was 44/60 for 511 yards and 3 TDs. He’s a name to keep an eye on in case something happens to the leaders and Kenny Hill has a huge season.


17. Everett Golson – Notre Dame: Golson is back and the Irish looked good with him running the show on Saturday. He was 14/22 for 295 yards and 2 TDs. It wasn’t so much that he did it, but it was how he did it that made Golson look like an All American on Saturday. His performance won me over pretty easily. He also ran for 41 yards and 3 TDs.


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