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2017 Heisman Rankings: Week 9

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 30, 2017

Heisman Watch 2017: Week 9

 

1. Saquon Barkley – RB Penn State: 138 carries 801 yards 5.8 YPC 9 TD 36 catches 471 yards 13.1 YPC 3 TD 10 KR 370 yards 37.0 YPR 2 TD 1-1 16 yards 1 passing TD. LW 1.

Barkley took back the opening kickoff 97 yards and it looked like he would cement his status as the Heisman winner. Penn State loses late and Barkley held to 44 yards on 21 carries (with 36 yards on 1 play). We still have him in the lead but this is far from a sure thing.

 

2. Baker Mayfield – QB Oklahoma: 171-236 72.5% 2,628 yards 23 TD 3 INT 4 rushing TD. LW 3.

Four touchdowns passing and one on the ground in another solid effort for Mayfield.

 

3. Bryce Love – RB Stanford: 135 carries 1,387 yards 10.3 YPC 11 TD. LW 2.

Stanford only wins 15-14 against Oregon State with Love on the sideline, shoiws how valuable he is to his team.

 

4. Josh Adams – RB Notre Dame: 132 carries 1,169 yards 8.9 YPC 9 TD. LW 5.

NC State had not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season until Adams torched them for 202.

 

5. J.T. Barrett – QB Ohio State: 171-246 69.5% 2,166 yards 25 TD 1 INT 87 carries 454 yards 5.2 YPC 5 rushing TD. LW NR.

Barrett has quietlyu been solid since an awful start to the season but 33-39 328 4 TD 0 INT and 95 yards rushing with a rushing TD...that was the performance of the year. Barrett can still win this award.

 

6. Mason Rudolph – QB Oklahoma State: 181-276 65.6% 2,866 yards 22 TD 5 INT 7 rushing TD.  LW 6.

Makes the big throws when it matters and has more mobility than many give hm credit for.

 

7. Jonathan Taylor – RB Wisconsin: 161 carries 1,185 yards 7.4 YPC 11 TD. LW 4.

Taylor left in the second quarter against Illinois with a left leg injury and Wisconsin struggled to hold on against Illinois. Will have to see how severe the injury is.

 

8. Lamar Jackson – QB Louisville: 197-326 60.4% 2,808 yards 18 TD 6 INT 163 carries 1,029 yards 6.3 YPC 14 TD. LW 7

With 4 losses it's nearly impossible for a second Heisman but Jackson is now over 1,000 yards rushing again and led the nation in yards from scrimmage coming into the ball game.

 

9. Minkah Fitzpatrick – CB Alabama: 35 tackles 5 TFL 1 sack 1 INT 4 PBU 1FF 1 Blk Kick. LW 8.

A bye week for the leader of the Alabama defense.

 

 

10. Khalil Tate – QB Arizona: 46-67 68.7% 784 yards 6 TD 3 INT 69 carries 926 yards 13.4 YPC 8 TD. LW NR.

That eye popping 13.4 yards per carry is mind boggling. After defeating Washington State, Tate is going to be flying up the boards. He missed a pair of games due to injury but since his return in 4 games he has rushed for 840 yards or an average of 210 yards a game. More importantly, Arizona is 4-0 in those games and 6-2 on the year.

 

Honorable Mention:  Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State; Ed Oliver, DT, Houston; Luke Falk, QB, Washington State and Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis.

DJ Boyer