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2016 Heisman Rankings: Week 1

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 7, 2016

Heisman Watch 2016: Week 1

 

1. Greg Ward Jr. – QB Houston: 23-40 57.5% 321 yards 2 TD 0 INT. LW 5.

Yes you are reading this right, Greg Ward Jr. at #1. He didn't have the rushing stats we saw from him last year in this game with Oklahoma but that was part of his brilliance. Oklahoma took away the run and dared Ward to beat them through the air...and he did. He is a bit banged up and may sit out this week which would obviously knock him down the ladder but he is the king for opening week.

 

2. Nick Chubb- RB Georgia: 32 carries 222 yards 6.9 YPC 2 TD. LW NR.

Not only impressive numbers but he led the Bulldogs to victory after coming back from a bad knee injury. Throw in the fact that Georgia had a freshman QB under center most of the game and a brand new head coach and now his contributions look even larger.

 

3. J.T. Barrett – QB Ohio State: 21-31 67.7% 349 yards 6 TD 1 INT 6 carries 30 yards 1 TD. LW NR.

Barrett shook off the early pick 6 and turned in a masterful performance. Barrett looks calm as the unquestioned leader and quarterback for the Buckeyes.

 

4. Christian McCaffrey- RB Stanford: 22 carries 126 yards 5.7 YPC 2 TD 7 catches 40 yards 5.7 YPC. LW 2.

We have seen bigger games but much like Nick Chubb, McCaffrey had to contend with a new quarterback after Kevin Hogan graduated after being a four year starter.

 

5. Lamar Jackson – QB Louisville: 17-23 73.9% 286 yards 6 TD 0 INT 11 carries 119 yards 10.8 YPC 2 TD. LW NR.

Yes the opponent was Charlotte, but there was already a chatter about Lamar Jackson. Playing in the ACC he will have a chance to showcase against plenty of big teams.

 

6. Deondre Francois – QB Florida State: 33-52 64.5% 419 yards 2 TD 0 INT 9 carries 59 yards 6.6 YPC 0 TD. LW NR.

The second half by Francois was an eye-opener. Jameis Winston was there to witness the coming out party on the sideline. This view probably gave Winston the same feeling he gave onlookers during his debut.

 

7. Deshaun Watson – QB Clemson: 19-34 55.9% 248 yards 1 TD 1 INT. LW 3.

It wasn't the greatest performance we have seen from Watson but he got the job done in a tough first game.

 

8. Jonathan Allen – DE Alabama: 4 tackles 2 TFL 2 sacks. LW NR.

Allen was the leader of a tenacious defense that flustered USC all night long. The National Champs look like they are in a great spot to try and defend their title with Allen leading a deep and ridiculously loaded defensive line

 

9. Myles Garrett – DE Texas A&M: 3 tackles 1.5 TFL 1 sack. LW NR.

The best lineman and prospect in all of college football was a factor as Texas A&M scored a mild upset over UCLA.

 

10. Jerome Lane – WR Akron: 10 catches 196 yards 19.6 YPC 2 TD. LW NR.

Every year we have someone from a small school just breakout and erupt out of nowhere. Lane was primarily a linebacker last season and now the junior has switched to wide receiver. He looks very dangerous and at 6-3 220 pounds he has the size to make a lot of NFL teams take notice if he keeps posting monster stats.

 

Honorable Mention: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU; Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State; Jabrill Peppers, LB/S/WR/KR, Michigan and Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon.

 

DJ Boyer