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Heisman Watch: Week 5

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 29, 2014

Heisman Watch: Week 5

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon: 71-96 74.0% 1,135 yards 13 touchdowns 0 interceptions 33 carries 214 yards 6.5 YPC 3 TD rushing. LW #1.


A week off did nothing to cool Mariota from the trophy.

 

2. Ameer Abdullah - RB Nebraska: 114 carries 833 yards 7.5 YPC 8 TD 5 Catches 108 yards 2 TD. LW #2.


Abdullah is the NCAA rushing leader and has found the end zone 10 times, he has been the brightest spot in a lackluster Big Ten. Interesting to see him speak out regarding Jameis Winston and needing to clean up his act. Was this part of an early Heisman PR push?

 

3. Todd Gurley - RB Georgia: 69 carries 610 yards 9.0 YPC 6 TD's and a 100-yard kickoff return TD. LW #8.


Makes running look like a science. Shows great patience and power when needed and plenty of acceleration in the open field when another gear is required. Will likely end the streak of running backs not being drafted in the first round at the 2015 Draft (should he declare of course).

 

4. Kenny Hill – QB Texas A&M: 118-180 66.3% 1,745 yards 17 TD 2 INT 22 carries 136 yards 7.8 YPC. LW #3.


Things got a little bumpy for “The Thrill” on Saturday but he was able to make plays when his team needed it.

 

5. Amari Cooper - WR Alabama: 43 catches 655 yards 5 TD. LW #4


Cooper is hot right now but he has enough weapons around him that teams cannot worry about doubling him constantly.

 

6. Everett Golson – QB Notre Dame: 94-135 1,142 yards 69.6% 11 TD 2 INT 39 carries 104 yards 4 rushing TD. LW #9.


Just shows the proper command and understanding for this offense.

 

7. Shane Carden – QB East Carolina: 111-178 62.4% 1,469 yards 11 TD 3 INT 3 rushing TD’s. LW 5.


Interesting to see if East Carolina lets Carden play the majority of the time in the easy games on the schedule coming up. Carden and the Pirates made it through a very tough start to the season and performed better than many expected.

 

8. Melvin Gordon – RB Wisconsin: 78 carries 612 yards 8.2 YPC 8 TD 1 receiving TD. LW NR.


Will battle the stigma of past Wisconsin running backs not living up to the hype at the next level and simply being part of a machine where running backs can simply be plugged in. No question he has been the catalyst and is a special runner regardless.

 

9. Dak Prescott – QB Mississippi State: 58-96 60.4% 964 yards 11 TD 2 INT 62 carries 378 yards 6.7 YPC 3 TD. LW NR.


All aboard the Prescott bandwagon although Mississippi State was a team we warned you about in the Preseason Fierce 40. Texas A&M and Auburn loom next but both are home games and chances for Prescott to fly up the chart.

 

10. Vic Beasley – DE/LB Clemson: 13 total tackles 7 TFL 6 sacks. LW NR.


Watching him on tape and reading his stat line is one thing. Seeing how his constant pressure forces opposing teams to alter their play calling is another. The best pass rushing threat in the country and he is the tweener size and type of player gaining more notoriety at the next level.

 

Honorable Mention: Jameis Winston QB Florida State; Taysom Hill QB BYU; Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall; Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State; Danny Shelton DT Washington.