Another week of college football, another “Lamar Jackson had how many yards/touchdowns?!”
It’s almost like clockwork with this guy. I mean, how does a player turn 400+ yards of offense and 3-5 touchdowns into an “expected” performance?
It’s insane and we are all witnessing something very special.
But how did the rest of the Heisman hopefuls fare in the second week of the season? Did anyone even come close to shaking a stick at Jackson’s performance? Let’s take a look:
Lamar Jackson 525 yards, six touchdowns. Might get on some of those Heisman lists now.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) September 9, 2017
1 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
El duh. Of course Jackson remains on top of this list. The man was out of this world once again. In a back and forth game against North Carolina, Jackson completed 25-39 passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns with zero picks through the air against the Tar Heels. He also added 132 yards rushing and three more trips to the endzone on the ground. So in all, he accumulated 525 yards of total offense and another half dozen scores. Just another day at the office for the reigning Heisman winner.
RT if you think Baker Mayfield should NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER apologize for this: pic.twitter.com/dAKPH3Y9mN
— College Sports Only (@OfficialCSO) September 11, 2017
2 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
If this award also took into account how much “swagger” a player has, Mayfield may be the runaway favorite. And why not, the guy went into the The Shoe, beat the Buckeyes handedly, and planted the OU flag over the midfield logo.Like. A. Boss. He is “dripping Swag-u”, if you will.
Mayfield was extremely accurate once again as he completed 27-of-35 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. When you consider that the Buckeyes are always a team flushed with defensive talent, the accuracy and lack of interceptions becomes even more impressive.
3 – Josh Rosen, UCLA, QB
If Baker Mayfield is #2 on this list, then Josh Rosen has got to be #2B. From a stat-sheet perspective, Rosen’s performance looks a bit more impressive given he had a crazier completion percentage and threw several more touchdowns but it was all against Hawaii so……yeah.
Rosen was able to set a career-high in touchdown passes with 5 on the day while going 22-of-25 passing for 329 yards. Regardless of who you are playing, those are still impressive numbers. If he can keep up this type of performance against some of tougher competition in the Pac-12, a trip to New York is almost certain.
4 – Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
In a revenge match for Barkley and the Nittany Lions, they were able to get the job done as they defeated in-state rival Pitt 31-14. However, for the second straight year, the Pitt defense was able to hold Barkley to under 100 yards rushing. He still managed to find pay-dirt on the ground though while also catching four passes for 45 yards and another score through the air.
In total, Barkley totaled 133 yards of offense and 2 touchdowns. Not exactly what we have come to expect from Barkley at this point but still an impressive performance. He takes a couple steps back in the Heisman race but I don’t expect him to sit down here long.
Mason Rudolph, through two games (not playing the fourth quarter of either): 45 of 62 passing, 638 yards, 8 total TDs, 0 INTs
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 9, 2017
5 – Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
Oklahoma State took care of business once again as they routed South Alabama to the tune of 44-7. Mason Rudolph became the team’s all-time leader in passing yards in the game after completing 25 of his 38 passes for three touchdowns, while rushing for another. This makes two straight games he has thrown for at least three touchdowns and rushed for at least one on the ground.
Rudolph has been quietly impressive so far in the young season and deserves as much spotlight as the other quarterbacks on this list, maybe minus Jackson. Personally, I give Rudolph the benefit of a better supporting cast as he gets to throw the ball up to James Washington who is steadily becoming one of the best receiver prospects to look out for come next year’s draft.
Regardless, performances like these are an easy way to punch your ticket to the Heisman presentation without much fuss.