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Heisman Watch: Week 1

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 9, 2015

Heisman Watch: Week 1

1. Ezekiel Elliot – RB Ohio State: 11 carries 122 yards 11.1 YPC 1 TD LW 1.

Ohio State didn't need to ride Elliot as the Virginia Tech defensive scheme dictated throwing the ball more. Still it was a great start with a long touchdown run to get the campaign underway.

 

2. Nick Chubb - RB Georgia: 16 carries 122 yards 7.6 YPC 2 TD. LW 2.

Picking right up where he left off last year when he filled in admirably for Todd Gurley.

 

3. Trevone Boykin – QB TCU: 26-42 61.9% 246 yards 1 TD 1 INT 18 carries 92 yards 5.1 YPC 1 TD. LW 3.

The team looked a little sluggish but overall Boykin was the straw that stirred the drink for the Horned Frogs.

 

4. Deshaun Watson – QB Clemson: 18-22 81.9% 192 yards 2 TD 0 INT 2 carries 22 yards 11.0 YPC. LW 4.

Very good stats when you consider Watson only played the first half against Wofford.

 

5. Cody Kessler – QB USC: 19-26 73.1% 236 yards 4 TD 0 INT. LW 5.

Four touchdowns to start the season after losing his #1 target in this past draft. Solid start.

 

6. Dak Prescott – QB Mississippi State: 22-38 57.9% 237 yards 2 TD 0 INT 8 carries 72 yards 9.0 YPC 1TD. LW 9.

Prescott didn't make many mistakes and the defense couldn't get off the field. Game was closer than the score indicated but Prescott ensured no upset was going to happen.

 

7. Seth Russell – QB Baylor: 15-30 50.0% 376 yards 5 TD 1 INT 6 carries 59 yards 9.9 YPC 1 TD. LW 8.

Completion percentage was low, but six touchdowns total is a nice way to start the era after Bryce Petty.

 

8. Kentrell Brothers – LB Missouri: 16 tackles 1.5 tackles for loss 1 blocked kick. LW NR.

For at least one week we have defensive representation on the Heisman list. Brothers was astounding.

 

9. Justin Thomas – QB Georgia Tech: 3-4 75.0% 54 yards 1TD 0 INT 2 carries 2 yards 1 TD. LW 7.

Less than 100 yards of total offense but as usual Thomas directed a near flawless offensive display.

 

10.  Alex Collins – RB Arkansas: 12 carries 127 yards 10.6 YPC 1 TD LW NR.

Brandon Allen almost leapfrogged his teammate to land on this list after throwing what was essentially a perfect game. Collins is the catalyst for this offense and he hopes to show he is just as effective without Jonathan Williams in the backfield with him.

 

Honorable Mention: Dalvin Cooke, RB, Florida State; Everett Golson, QB, Florida State; Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas; Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss; Devontae Booker, RB, Utah; Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati.

 

DJ Boyer