Top 15 Heisman Candidates after Week 3
Week 3 Heisman Standings
After two weeks of the 2013 college football season, it is clear as crystal that the Heisman is likely to go to a quarterback once again this winter. That’s nothing new for the Heisman voters who have seen 11 of the past 13 winner’s of the bronzed statue line up under center.
Of the top 15 candidates after two weeks, nine are at quarterback. Also, three teams are claiming more than one player on the list and the SEC is boasting the most players with six from the premier conference in the nation. Of course, that includes the reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel who was eligible to play a full game after being suspended for the first half last week.
Running backs claimed the two awards not won by quarterbacks in the new millennium and five backs are jockeying for position in the top 15 in the early part of the season. Could one running back rise above the rest and break into the exclusive quarterback club? That will be one of the big trends I’ll be watching next week as well as the rematch between Alabama and Texas A&M, which could launch a player’s Heisman bid as it did last year for Manziel.
This list is guaranteed to fluctuate throughout the season and include new names and current names moving up and down the list. I will update the list at the start of every week. Here are the top 15 candidates for the Heisman trophy after the second week of the college football season with their stats from their most recent game.
The 79th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation is Saturday Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET from the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
15. Chuckie Keeton-QB-Utah State
Keeton is the best player you've likely never heard of. Utah State's quarterback has completed 63 of his 80 attempts this season for 664 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also added 162 and a score on the ground for the 1-1 Aggies.
14. Jadaveon Clowney-DE-South Carolina
Clowney did manage to pick up his first sack of the season, but didn't look dominating, as the South Carolina defense gave up 41 points to Georgia. Expectations were far too high for Clowney to no fault of his own, but he is only a three-sack performance away from being back in the conversation for the Heisman, but his chances of even garnering an invitation don't look to be great after two weeks.
13. Braxton Miller-QB-Ohio State
Miller was forced out of Ohio State's win over San Diego State with a sprained MCL after completing both his pass attempts for 30 yards. A game vs. the Aztecs would have been a nice one to pad his stats, but the bigger concern is how healthy he will be next week vs. Cal.
A bit of a quiet opener for Yeldon with only 75 yards, but the off week should have him fully rested for the highly anticipated rematch with Texas A&M. Look for Yeldon to have a big night vs. the Aggies underwhelming defense.
11. Duke Johnson-RB-Miami
Johnson was kept in check for the most part vs. Florida one week after 186 yards in Miami's opener. But when they needed a play, they went to the nation's leading rusher entering the game and he had the decisive touchdown. He finished with 71 total yards and a touchdown in the Hurricane's upset over the Gators.
10. Lache Seastrunk-RB-Baylor
Seastrunk backed up his 111-yard performance in Week 1 with 150 and two touchdowns in Baylor's slaughtering of Buffalo In the Bears high-powered offense, it's Seastrunk who gives Art Briles' unit balance and should put up prolific numbers throughout Big 12 conference play.
9. A.J. McCarron-QB-Alabama
McCarron and Alabama were idle in Week 2, and will look to make a move up the Heisman standings this Saturday vs. Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel after a rough opener on offense.
8. De'Anthony Thomas-RB-Oregon
Thomas is the most electrifying player with the ball in his hands and scored three more times on Saturday including one for 40 yards. He finished with 124 yards on 11 carries and added a reception for 28 yards. He may average nine yards per carry this season for Oregon.
7. Aaron Murray-QB-Georgia
Murray found redemption in Athens picking up his first career win over South Carolina to erase the memories of last week's loss and he was superb for Georgia in the 11-point win. Murray completed 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns including an 85-yard score to Justin Scott-Wesley that was a thing of beauty.
6. Jameis-Winston-QB-Florida State
Winston and Florida State were idle this week after defeating Pitt in their opener and Winston's coming out party. The redshirt freshman accounted for five touchdowns and completed 25 of his 27 pass attempts for 356 yards. Can he keep this up for the entire season? If he can he can be this year's Johnny Manziel.
5. Todd Gurley-RB-Georgia
Gurley carried Georgia in their win over South Carolina and is the team's most important player with apologies to Aaron Murray. If Gurley is not hurt in the opener and forced out for most of the first half I believe they beat Clemson. Gurley added 134 yards on 30 carries and a score and even added a receiving touchdown in the Bulldogs win.
4. Tajh Boyd-QB-Clemson
Boyd didn't have to do much in Clemson's 52-13 win over South Carolina State and had only 179 total yards and a rushing touchdown, but unlike anyone else on this list he has a win over a top five opponent. His individual stats may not compare to others on this list, but I'm keeping Boyd in the top three because of the significance of the win over Georgia.
3. Johnny Manziel-QB-Texas-A&M
Manziel was able to play in the first half vs. Sam Houston State and had 300 yards in the first 30 minutes of action. He would finish with 400 yards after completing 28 of his 41 attempts and three touchdowns. Johnny Football also added 39 yards and a score on the ground. Last year in the Alabama game, Manziel put himself in the driver's seat and could do it again with another epic performance against the Crimson Tide.
2. Marcus Mariota-QB-Oregon
Mariota threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns while adding 122 on the ground on only four carries highlighted by a 71-yard run in the first quarter. He has run for more than 100 in each Oregon's first two wins and is leading a team who could average 50 points per game.
1. Teddy Bridgewater-QB-Louisville
Bridgewater holds onto the top spot for a second week in a row after throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns while completing 23 of 32 passes in Louisville's 44-7 win over Eastern Kentucky.