Sorry, but there is no change at the top of this week’s Heisman Watch, Leonard Fournette still leads the charge by quite a wide margin. However, with a legitimate Heisman contender like Baylor’s Seth Russell going down for the rest of the season, there was a little shakeup at the bottom of this week’s installment.
1.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Stats: 1,352 rushing yards, 7.7 yards per rush, 15 TDs, 58 receiving yards
What is left to say about Fournette? He is a man among boys at this level. Crazy to think he has another year of eligibility left. It’ll be fun to watch how he performs against a tough Alabama defense in two weeks. He’s without a doubt in the lead for this year’s Heisman and it’d be rather shocking if he didn’t win it.
2.) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
Stats: 2,539 passing yards, 66% completion percentage, 25-5 TDs-INTs, 440 rushing yards, 5 TDs
Even with a week off, Boykin remains the undeniable #2 in the Heisman Watch. He has been dominating everyone in his path while leading TCU to an undefeated record. He faces a tough test this week in a quiet West Virginia team.
3.) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Stats: 1,130 rushing yards, 6.8 yards per rush, 13 TDs, 160 receiving yards
Even though J.T. Barrett has stolen the spotlight in Columbus, for now, I still like Ezekiel Elliott at #3 for the Heisman trophy. He rushed for over 100 yards in his 13th straight game during a rout of Rutgers while adding 2 TDs as well. He’s among the most consistent producers in the country and absolutely deserves consideration for the 2015 Heisman.
4.) Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Stats: 47 receptions, 962 receiving yards, 20.5 yards per catch, 18 TDs, 49 rushing yards
For the first time, a wide receiver appears on my weekly Heisman Watch. With Seth Russell going down, I felt it was necessary to get his elite weapon on the list for once, as it is well deserved. Coleman has an outstanding 18 TD catches already on the year, leading the nation. He also averages a jaw-dropping 20 yards per catch. We’ll see how he plays without Russell behind center – but he shouldn’t miss a beat.
5.) Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Stats: 2,366 passing yards, 71% completion percentage, 17-1 TD-INT, 125 rushing yards, 2 TDs
It was hard to decide on who deserved this last spot, but with everything considered, I had to give it to Paxton Lynch. The 6’7” QB has led Memphis high in the polls with an undefeated record. He’s coming off a game with season-highs in passing yards and TDs, with 447 and 4, respectively. On the season. he has 17 passing TDs to just 1 INT – the best TD:INT ratio in the nation. The numbers can’t be ignored, and neither can the fact that Lynch is absolutely deserving of being in the Heisman conversation.