Written by: Coleman Bahr – Staff Writer (@ColemanBahr)
Lamar Jackson – Louisville Cardinals (QB)
Lamar Jackson had his worst game of the year so far, as Louisville grinded out a 24-14 win against Duke last Friday. Jackson only completed 50% of his passes for 181 yards, only reached the end zone twice, his lowest touchdown total of the season. Nonetheless, he still leads the FBS in total touchdowns, ranks second in total quarterback rating, and fifth in rushing yards. Jackson has seen his production fall back to human-like standards recently, but let’s see if he can bounce back this weekend against a sneaky North Carolina State squad who almost knocked off Clemson last week.
Deshaun Watson – Clemson Tigers (QB)
Clemson hit a bit of a roadblock last week in a lucky 24-17 overtime win against North Carolina State. However, Deshaun Watson put up a season high in passing yards, completing 39 of 52 passes for 378 yards, and three total touchdowns. Clemson’s only true test left on the schedule comes October 29th in Tallahassee against Florida State, and if they can pull out another win, they look to be a strong candidate for another trip to the playoffs.
J.T Barrett – Ohio State Buckeyes (QB)
J.T Barrett didn’t light up Wisconsin, but he did what he had to do pull out the victory. He wasn’t fantastic through the air, completing 17 of 29 passes for 226 yards, with just one touchdown, and one pick. He found a little bit more room on the ground with 92 yards, and two scores, but his QBR was just 69.3. Despite his recent struggles, he has led Ohio State to an undefeated record, and the Buckeyes currently boast the fourth highest scoring offense in the nation.
Jake Browning – Washington Huskies (QB)
Washington got the week off, so Jake Browning’s Heisman stock stays put for now. But, I am still very impressed with Browning’s sophomore campaign, and he is on the verge of jumping Barrett in my Heisman ranks. He currently ranks third in total touchdowns, and no one has been more efficient than him through the air. He averages just 6.2 passing attempts per touchdown, and he also does a great job taking care of the ball with only two interceptions. Browning and company take on Oregon State this weekend who currently sit at 2-4, but they have a sneaky good pass defense, ranking seventh in the nation in yards per attempt, and only surrendering 179.5 yards per game.
Dalvin Cook – Florida State Seminoles (RB)
Dalvin Cook temporarily exited last week’s contest against Wake Forest, but he returned and ran for 115 yards on 25 carries. However, he failed to reach the end zone for the first time since September 17th against Louisville. While he hasn’t been as efficient as last season, he hasn’t had to be. He is getting about three more rushing attempts per game than last season, so his drop in yards per carry is made up for in volume. Cook ranks third in rushing in the FBS so far, but he will have to go on a torrid run to finish the season to be considered for the Heisman due to his slow start.
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Jabrill Peppers- Michigan Wolverines (LB)
I don’t think he has a remote chance for the Heisman, but can we just talk about how ridiculous of a football player Jabrill Peppers is? He plays on offense, defense, and special teams, and he is a serious threat to take one to the house whenever he touches the ball. I mean, did you see that return against Rutgers?! Even though it didn’t count, he managed to come off a spin move and instantly duck under a defender flying at full speed, you simply can’t coach that. Peppers is also one of the nation’s elite returners. If he was qualified for kick returns (only three returns this season), he would be ranked seventh in terms of average yards per return. He also is ranked second in yards per punt return at 17.8, and one score. He’s done a thing or two on offense for the Wolverines, taking five rushes for 98 yards, and two touchdowns. Nonetheless, his main contribution to the team is his defense where he has eight tackles for loss in just six games. With only five touches on the offensive side of the ball, and three total touchdowns, it’s hard to consider this guy for the Heisman, but he sure is fun to watch.