Power Ranking the Top Heisman Trophy Candidates Through Week 6
Power Ranking the Top 10 Heisman Trophy Candidates
We're already entering Week 6 of college football, and it is time to start talking about the Heisman Trophy race. Notable favorites heading into the season such as Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and outspoken Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk don't make the list right now, but could easily get back into the mix by the time December rolls around.
College football fans can probably think of many different favorites, but only one player truly stands out among all of the rest in the early Heisman race.
Florida State standout freshman quarterback Jameis Winston was an honorable mention player for this list, mostly because the Seminoles have yet to play a tough opponent yet. Maryland, Clemson, Miami (FL) and Florida lie ahead in the schedule though.
Besides Winston, here is a short list of honorable mentions for the Heisman Trophy who didn't quite make this list, but who could have a strong case later this season:
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
QB Bryce Petty, Baylor
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
QB Brett Hundley, UCLA
The Heisman Trophy power rankings will likely change in the up and coming weeks, as the big six conferences have some headliner games coming up in the last two months of the season. Heck, even Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel could do enough damage in the final two months of the season to become college football's second-ever two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
So which players are fortunate enough to be listed among the best players in all of college football through six weeks? Click through to find out -- the rankings may surprise you.
10. WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
The Beavers are 4-1, but don't blame their top receiver for the one blemish. Cooks, a junior, has 52 receptions for 807 yards and nine touchdowns this season. In four of five games this season, Cooks has caught at least nine passes for 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns. A dark horse Heisman candidate, Cooks could help the Beavers stew upset victories over upcoming opponents Stanford, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon later this season.
9. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
The younger brother of former no. 1 overall NFL draft pick David Carr, Derek Carr has led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 record. In narrow one-point wins over Rutgers and Boise State, Carr completed 91-of-133 passes for 916 yards while throwing nine touchdowns and only one interception. If he was putting up similar numbers and wins against better opponents, everyone would be talking about the senior gunslinger.
8. RB Marion Grice, Arizona State
The senior running back leads the nation in total touchdowns (12) while amassing 436 total yards of offense in four games. The Sun Devils are only 3-1, but in a big home win over the Wisconsin Badgers, Grice totaled 136 total yards and scored all four touchdowns. If he can have similar production in upcoming games against Washington and UCLA, fans will become more familiar with Grice's name.
7. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
The Huskies have one top-25 victory over Boise State this season and their junior running back was at his best. Sankey rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries against the Broncos. The Huskies play at no. 5 Stanford on Saturday, followed by a home game against no. 2 Oregon. If the Huskies can win both game, expect Sankey to move up on this list.
6. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
The Hawaii-born sophomore hasn't put up overly impressive numbers for the Ducks this season (Mariota is completing only 56.1 percent of his passes), but the Ducks are getting in the end zone -- a lot. Mariota leads the Ducks with 14 total touchdowns (nine passing, five rushing) and he is the key to what makes the Ducks' offense go. Mariota and the Ducks haven't faced off against top competition yet this season, so a top-six ranking is fair.
5. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Louisville's senior quarterback gets the slight edge over Mariota because he has been a better passing quarterback through four games, completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards while throwing 14 touchdown passes and only one interception. Unfortunately for Bridgewater, a weak schedule dampens his chances of winning the Heisman Trophy. Make sure to watch Bridgewater on November 16 versus Houston -- it'll be a fun game to watch, I promise.
4. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manziel arguably won last year's Heisman Trophy because of one game (a win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa) and he stays in this race because of one game. Despite the Aggies losing to the Crimson Tide at Kyle Field this year, Manziel still tallied 562 total yards and five touchdowns. Manziel has completed 71.4 percent of his passes this season, recorded 1,803 total yards and has scored 17 total touchdowns. For Manziel to repeat, he must have big games at Ole Miss (Saturday) and at LSU (November 23).
3. QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama
McCarron has probably the most gorgeous girlfriend in all of college football and is fortunate to be the lead engineer of the Crimson Tide's train. McCarron's numbers aren't eye-popping by any means (68 percent, 882 yards, six touchdowns, three interceptions), but the senior played his best in the biggest game this season (20-of-29, 334 yards, four touchdowns at Texas A&M). If McCarron has a similar performance against LSU on November 9, he deserves to be in the Heisman race until the very end.
2. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
Ranking Murray this high is very debatable, but you have to be impressed with his track record so far. Murray's Bulldogs are 3-1 this season, but in wins over South Carolina and LSU, Murray threw for 607 total yards and accounted for nine total touchdowns. The Bulldogs are legitimate national title contenders again this season and have Murray to thank for it. If the Bulldogs can keep the win streak going, Murray may end up hoisting the Heisman Trophy in December.
1. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
To be the best, you have to beat the best, and Boyd has certainly done that this season. In the season-opening win over the Georgia Bulldogs, Boyd outdueled Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, completing 18 of 30 passes for 270 yards, threw three touchdown passes and ran for two touchdowns as well. If the Tigers are going to beat Florida State, Maryland and South Carolina later this season, Boyd has to be on top of his game. If he is, he sure will be hoisting another trophy in December.