In a week filled with upsets, the new Heisman Watch reflects that with a huge shakeup all around – the biggest all season long. Leonard Fournette is dethroned for the first time all season after it seemed he had the Heisman locked up, all he needed was a respectable performance against Alabama in order to stay in the driver seat. Derrick Henry took full advantage and turned the tide with a big day as he leaped Fournette this week; but he’s not #1. As Clemson continues to roll, so does Deshaun Watson as he is this week’s leader in the Heisman Watch.
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1.) Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Stats: 2,233 passing yards, 69% completion percentage, 21-7 TDs-INTs, 493 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Often times fans don’t realize team success plays a major factor when crowning a Heisman trophy winner. Deshaun Watson has led Clemson to an undefeated record and the top spot in the polls. Watson has been instrumental in the team’s success and clearly is the MVP of the team. He makes an impact through the air and on the ground. If Clemson continues to win and Watson stays producing, he can very well come away with the Heisman this year – but it’ll be close.
2.) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Stats: 1,254 rushing yards, 5.8 yards per rush, 17 TDs, 69 receiving yards
Derrick Henry came out of nowhere this past week and shredded a good LSU defense. His performance and team win compared to that of Fournette’s is a big reason for his rise to #2 this week. He needs to keep up the consistent production as does ‘Bama need to keep on winning if he wants a legitimate shot at winning the Heisman.
3.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Stats: 1,383 rushing yards, 7.1 yards per rush, 16 TDs, 58 receiving yards
Who would’ve thought? Fournette has been sitting at the top for weeks now, but is finally dethroned from the top. His abysmal performance against Alabama was the only way he would fall – and it happened. Fournette can easily regain the top spot back with more Fournette-esque performances. It’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back and the rest of his season unfolds. He still remains the biggest threat in the Heisman conversation.
4.) Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Stats: 58 catches, 1,178 receiving yards, 20.3 yards per catch, 20 TDs, 51 rushing yards
Hands down, the best receiver in the nation. Even with Seth Russell out, Coleman continued to shred opposing secondary’s and turned in yet another huge performance. If Baylor wins this week against Oklahoma, chances are he turned in a monster game which could boost him up another spot or two.
5.) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Stats: 1,244 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per rush, 14 TDs, 169 receiving yards
I like to call Ezekiel Elliott “Mr. consistency”. On an Ohio State offense that has been dismantled by the QB controversy, he has come in week in and week out and has done his job while keeping his mouth shut. Elliott produces on a weekly basis which makes him a strong Heisman candidate. While he isn’t flashy like other guys, if Ohio State makes the CFB Playoff he’ll be the main reason why which should carry some weight.