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Heisman Watch: Week 15

by DJ Boyer on Dec. 8, 2014

Heisman Watch: Week 15

**Saturday Decemeber 13th is the Heisman Presentation!**

 

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon: 254-372 68.3% 3,773 yards 38 touchdowns 2 interceptions 117 carries 669 yards 5.7 YPC 14 TD rushing 1 catch 26 yards 1 TD. LW 1.

Melvin Gordon got close a few weeks ago but Mariota was the clear favorite heading into the weekend. After 5 more TD's in the Pac-12 Championship Game (2 passing and 3 rushing) combined with the pedestrian performance by Gordon against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, cements the award for Mariota.

 

2. Melvin Gordon – RB Wisconsin: 309 carries 2,336 yards 7.6 YPC 26 TD 17 catches 151 yards 3 TD. LW 2.

Melvin didn't get a lot of help from his fellow Badgers against Ohio State. It was a bad start and after getting in the hole so quickly the team became one-dimensional. The problem with that is the Wisconsin passing attack is barely a dimension to speak of.

 

3. Amari Cooper – WR Alabama: 115 catches 1,656 yards 15.3 YPC 14 TD. LW 3.

Didn't find the end zone against Missouri but he still had 12 catches and helped soften the defense to pound Missouri with the rushing attack late. Should be a Heisman finalist and was close to passing Gordon for #2 overall.

 

4. J.T. Barrett – QB Ohio State: 203-314 64.6% 2,834 yards 34 TD 10 INT 171 carries 938 yards 5.5  YPC 11 TD. LW 4.

Just because Ohio State won the Big Ten title game without him and cruised 59-0, does not diminish what he meant to this team. Without Barrett the Buckeyes don't sniff the Big Ten title or qualify for the College Football Playoff.

 

5. Dak Prescott – QB Mississippi State: 211-345 61.2% 2,996 yards 24 TD 10 INT 195 carries 939 yards 4.8 YPC 13 TD 2 catches 35 yards 1 TD. LW 5.

We will give Prescott the nod as a player invited to New York as he had the Bulldogs at the top of the rankings midseason.

 

6. Trevone Boykin – QB TCU: 279-461 60.5% 3,714 yards 30 TD 7 INT 142 carries 642 yards 4.5 YPC 8 TD 1 catch 55 yards 1 TD. LW 6.

Huge game against Iowa State to close the season.

 

7. Jay Ajayi – RB Boise State: 325 carries 1,689 yards 5.4 YPC 25 TD 45 catches 536 yards 11.9 YPC 4 TD  LW 7.

Not a huge game against Fresno State in the Mountain West title game but did enough to keep Fresno State honest on defense and open up the passing game.

 

8. Jameis Winston – QB Florida State: 276-422 65.4% 3,559 yards 24 TD 17 INT 3 rushing TD. LW 4.

Wonderful game against Georgia Tech, best we have seen from Winston in some time. Could still find his way to New York as the quarterback of the only undefeated team and defending Heisman winner. Dalvin Cook is the real reason why Florida State is still unbeaten as he became the workhorse down the stretch.

 

9. Cody Kessler – QB USC: 292-413 70.7% 3,505 yards 36 TD 4 INT  2 Rushing TD LW 9.

36 touchdowns with a completion percentage over 70% makes Kessler an elite quarterback.

 

10. Bryce Petty – QB Baylor: 234-377 62.1% 3,305 yards 36 TD 6 INT  5 rushing TD LW NR.

Petty joins the top ten after a great game against Kansas State where he had to match the improving Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters.

 

Honorable MentionGarrett Grayson, QB, Baylor; Hau'oli Kikaha, DE, Washington; Devontae Booker, RB, Utah; Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska; Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina; Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall.