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Heisman Watch: Week 12

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 17, 2014

Heisman Watch: Week 12

 

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon: 186-277 67.1% 2,780 yards 29 touchdowns 2 interceptions 89 carries 524 yards 5.9 YPC 8 TD rushing 1 catch 26 yards 1 TD. LW 1.

Stays in front of Prescott after Dak did not assert himself as the clear #1 against Alabama.

 

2. Melvin Gordon – RB Wisconsin: 223 carries 1,909 yards 8.6 YPC 23 TD 11 catches 83 yards 2 TD. LW 3.

Well the head-to-head matchup with Ameer Abdullah was much like the game...overwhelmingly in Gordon's favor. Gordon will easily top 2,000 yards rushing and he just punched his ticket to the finals in New York and is now even in the running to win the award.

 

3. Dak Prescott – QB Mississippi State: 173-287 60.3% 2,521 yards 20 TD 10 INT 165 carries 861 yards 5.2 YPC 11 TD 2 catches 35 yards 1 TD. LW 1.

I expected Dak to struggle a bit against Alabama. All is not lost and he still has a shot at the Heisman, he is just no longer the front runner.

 

4. Jameis Winston – QB Florida State: 221-336 65.8% 2,844 yards 18 TD 12 INT 3 rushing TD. LW 7.

The numbers are down from last year but the wins are still there and most in dramatic and come-from-behind fashion. The off the field conduct may cost him a trip to New York.

 

5. J.T. Barrett – QB Ohio State: 165-268 64.0% 2,356 yards 29 TD 8 INT 136 carries 771 yards 5.7 YPC 9 TD. LW NR.

We have slept on just how good Barett has been, setting the Ohio State TD record in a season is a huge accomplishment.

 

6. Ameer Abdullah - RB Nebraska: 204 carries 1,319 yards 6.0 YPC 17 TD 14 catches 195 yards 2 TD 11 KR 24.7 AVG. LW 4.

Bested by Melvin Gordon in every way possible. Still a great season and without him Nebraska would have at least 4 losses.

 

7. Trevone Boykin – QB TCU: 229-386 58.0% 3,021 yards 24 TD 5 INT 122 carries 548 yards 4.5 YPC 7 TD. LW 5.

Kansas did a great job bottling up Boykin and limiting his running lanes but he still found a way to lead the Horned Frogs to victory.

 

8. Amari Cooper – WR Alabama: 87 catches 1,303 yards 15.0 YPC 11 TD.LW 6.

Almost reached 100 yards with 8 big catches and a touchdown against Mississippi State.

 

9. Rakeem Cato – QB Marshall: 168-284 58.7% 2,613 yards 26 TD 7 INT 57 carries 359 yards 6.3 YPC 6 TD. LW 9.

Mentoring from former Marshall standout Chad Pennington seems to be helping Cato.

 

10. Jay Ajayi – RB Boise State: 260 carries 1,280 yards 4.9 YPC 17 TD 42 catches 443 yards 3 TD  LW 10.

Catalyst for the Broncos come-from-behind win against San Diego State.

 

Honorable Mention: Cody Kessler, QB, USC;  Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor;  Hau'oli Kikaha, DE, Washington, Devontae Booker, RB, Utah, Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State.