Now at the halfway point of the college football season, we’ve been with the same Heisman front-runner for weeks now. Leonard Fournette, the sophomore superstar of the LSU Tigers has seemingly run away with the Heisman trophy while barreling down anyone in his path. That’s what it was looking like at least for a few weeks there. Trevone Boykin isn’t too far behind and the battle for the Heisman seems to be a 2-man competition at the moment, but there are many other candidates who could emerge in the 2nd half.
Here’s how our Heisman Watch looks at the midway point in the season:
1.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Stats: 1,202 rushing yards, 8 yards per rush, 14 TDs, 56 receiving yards
Yet again, Leonard Fournette is atop the Heisman Watch and the consensus favorite to win the prized award. The sophomore is coming off a game against a stout Florida defense where he showcased his “man amongst boys” playing stature. With another 180 rushing yards and 2 TDs, he now has at least 150 yards and a score in each game this season.
For him not to win the Heisman, he will need to slow down tremendously – it doesn’t look like anyone will catch him or match his impact on the field.
2.) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
Stats: 2,539 passing yards, 25-5 TDs-INTs, 66% completion percentage, 440 rushing yards, 5 TDs
The Horned Frogs remain undefeated and in the national spotlight in large part due to the play of their senior QB, Trevone Boykin. Without Boykin, there’s no way TCU is 7-0 – he means the most to his team than arguably anyone else in the country. He has been among the best passers in the nation and a menace on the ground. He has proven time and time again that he is a clutch performer and does whatever it takes for his team to win.
Boykin may be closer to Fournette than most think, but it won’t stay that way if TCU doesn’t remain undefeated. His team’s success is cognitive of his Heisman status, unlike Fournette.
3.) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Stats: 955 rushing yards, 8.7 yards per rush, 10 TDs, 131 receiving yards, TD
Playing hurt or not, Dalvin Cook has continued to produce at a high level while making a legitimate Heisman case in the process. The Heisman buzz for Cook has been growing the past two weeks. The sophomore is among the most elusive and crafty runners in all of college football. His 8.7 yards per rush is 2nd among all RBs in the FBS.
4.) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Stats: 901 rushing yards, 5.9 yards per rush, 12 TDs, 69 receiving yards
After a career game, Derrick Henry finds himself back in the Heisman Watch following his 236 yard game against Texas A&M. Henry showed why opposing defenses should clinch every time this guy carries the ball. It looks like ‘Bama is going to shift back to the more traditional, physical offense which bodes well for Henry and his Heisman campaign.
5.) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Stats: 988 rushing yards, 6.7 yards per rush, 11 TDs, 131 receiving yards
The Ohio State workhorse slips a bit with the emergences of Cook and Henry, but he remains right there with them behind the heavy favorite in Fournette and Boykin. Elliott will continue to produce in the Buckeyes backfield, but it looks like they will lean more so on the arm and legs of J.T. Barrett – for now at least. Still, Elliott remains a prime Heisman candidate.