Power Ranking Heisman Hopefuls
Top 5 Heisman Hopefuls Through Week 7
In college football, the Heisman trophy is the top individual prize a player can win, but it is not all about that individual and his stats. His team’s record as well as strength of schedule gets taken into consideration, too. You could put up the greatest stats ever seen, but if you are not in the right conference and spent the year playing against teams who are not really considered tough competition, you would likely be a finalist, but your chances of actually winning the trophy are slim to none.
This year it seems to be a quarterback race. Last year’s winner Johnny Manziell has the Aggies at a 4-1 record and is once again right up there in the talk, but is not the top choice at this moment. Oregon, Clemson, Florida State and Louisville are all currently undefeated and their quarterback play is a huge reason why.
Dual-threat quarterbacks always seem to put up better overall stats than a typical quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater may have the most passing yards out of these five players on my list, but his lack of rushing yards as well as the competition his Louisville Cardinals play has him last on my list. Manziell was the first-ever freshman to win the trophy last season, but this year, there is another freshman who has his team undefeated and he is putting up great stats while doing it. Jameis Winston has been a pleasant surprise this season and has himself right up there in the Heisman hunt. The final two on my list have their teams right behind Alabama in the AP Top-25 rankings. Marcus Mariota and Tajh Boyd have Oregon and Clemson, respectively, second and third in the rankings and their stats, as well as their team’s record, gives them high considerations for the trophy this season.
Let’s take a look at where these five players rank in the Heisman hunt through Week 7.
He has his Louisville Cardinals undefeated at 5-0 and ranked eighth in the AP Top 25. He's passed for 1,562 yards with 16 touchdowns and one interception. Unfortunately for him, Louisville is in the weakest BCS conference and they don't play as many tough opponents as the players on this list.
Clemson is ranked third in the AP Top 25 and Boyd is putting up some amazing stats this season so far. 1,449 passing years with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions along with 154 yards on the ground with four more touchdowns. If players ahead of him stumble or their teams falter, Boyd can skyrocket right up this list.
Last year was the first time ever a freshman won the Heisman trophy. This year there may be another freshman to do it. Jameis Winston is a very exciting player to watch and he's great at what he does. 1,441 yards through the air with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions along with 135 more yards on the ground with two more touchdowns is one heck of a season for any quarterback at this point any year. The fact Florida State is 5-0 and ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 will help out his Heisman hunt as well.
Last year's winner is right back in the hunt this year. Manziel had a rather "exciting" summer, but when it was time for him to do his thing on the field, he didn't let anyone down. Although Texas A&M is 4-1 and ranked ninth in the AP Top 25, that one loss was a narrow one and it was against back-to-back defending National Champion Alabama. Even with that loss, Manziel has 14 touchdowns and four interceptions while throwing for 1,489 yards. He's also gained 314 yards on the ground and scored three times.
Marcus Mariota has his Oregon Ducks ranked second in the AP Top 25 and they're poised to take over the No. 1 spot if Alabama were to slip up this season. Mariota has also put up some amazing stats thus far. He's passed for 1,358 yards with 14 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions so far. He's scored an additional seven times on the ground while rushing for 338 yards. If the season were to end today, Marcus Mariota would be your Heisman winner.