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Heisman Watch: Week 1

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 2, 2014

---From DraftSite's Blog---

We will rank my Top 10 Heisman list every week and see how our vote will go.

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon: 14-20 267 yards 3 touchdowns 6 carries 43 yards 1 TD rushing

Mariota was the favorite to win the award a season ago until his MCL sprain derailed his campaign and Oregon went into a mini tailspin. Great start to the season as Mariota was once again mistake free. 

2. Todd Gurley - RB Georgia: 15 carries 198 yards 3 TD's and a 100-yard kickoff return TD

Gurley could break the hold quarterbacks have had on the award. Gurley simply took over the game in the second half and single-handedly shredded the Clemson defense.

3. Ameer Abdullah - RB Nebraska:  21 carries 232 yards1 TD

Abdullah is also one of the best running backs at the college level. The only problem regarding Abdullah heading into the season is limiting the fumbling, a problem that plagued the whole Cornhusker team a season ago.

4. Jameis Winston - QB Florida State: 25-40 370 yards 1 TD 2 INT 1 rushing TD

Not exactly a stellar opening for Winston and the team but they found a way to get it done. The 28-yard touchdown run was a highlight reel carry and it showed Winston is able to will his team to win.

5. Bryce Petty - QB Baylor: 13-23 161 yards 2 TD 21 yards rushing 1 rushing TD

The statistics seem a little pedestrian but this game was over after about 10 minutes. Petty exited the game early but his command of the offense was on full display after his 4,500 yard junior season.

6. Kenny Hill - QB Texas A&M: 44-60 511 yards 3 TD

Johnny who? Kenny Hill showed that the Aggies are not missing a beat these days. Not only were the record-breaking statistics impressive but it happened against a top 10 team. Only time will tell whether the Gamecocks are the real deal or if we overrated them in the preseason.

7. Anu Solomon - QB Arizona: 25-44 425 yards 4 touchdowns 51 yards rushing

Kenny Hill isn't the only freshman quarterback you need to pay attention to. Solomon is a 4-time high school champ that has lived up to the hype in the opener playing mistake-free football.

8. Amari Cooper - WR Alabama: 12 catches 130 yards

T.J. Yeldon figures to be the star on offense but he is sharing a lot of carries with the bruising Derrick Henry. For this reason I feel Cooper is going to get more Heisman attention. Though Cooper didn't find the end zone his presence was felt and important to a team breaking in a new quarterback.

9. Devin Funchess - WR/TE Michigan: 7 catches 98 yards 3 TD

Funchess was the focal point for Devin Gardner's record breaking 13-14 performance as he was on the receiving end of all 3 touchdown passes for the Wolverines.

10. Shane Carden - QB East Carolina: 26-37 283 yards 3 TD

Every list needs an outsider from a smaller school. Last year it was Jordan Lynch from Northern Illinois and this season it looks like the man gathering the attention will be Shane Carden. Carden and the Pirates of East Carolina now get a big test in South Carolina. With a nice performance or a win there, Carden will start getting some serious attention.

Honorable Mention: Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame ; Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State; Rashad Green, WR, Florida State