Another week in the books, another week with Leonard Fournette leading the Heisman race. Trevone Boykin strengthened his case tremendously with a signature Heisman moment as he had two big plays in the 4th quarter to lead TCU to a victory, just narrowly evading an upset. Dalvin Cook had a huge game against Miami and launched himself into the Heisman Watch. The biggest shake up of the week was Nick Chubb’s horrific knee injury, which will likely keep him out for the rest of the season.
Let’s go a little more in-depth for each Heisman candidate:
1.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (+/- 0)
Stats: 1,022 rushing yards, 8.5 yards per rush, 12 TDs, 41 receiving yards
Will anyone ever pass Leonard Fournette this year? More than likely the answer to that question is no. Fournette was held in check against South Carolina, before breaking off an 87 yard TD run. His 3 game streak of 200 yard performances was snapped, but he has rushed for over 150 yards in every game so far this season. He has run LSU to an undefeated record and has remained the only consistent source of offense. The first running back in the nation to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards faces a difficult matchup next week against a tough Florida defense.
2.) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU (+/- 0)
Stats: 2,103 passing yards, 21-5 TDs-INTs, 63% completion percentage, 366 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Every Heisman winner has a signature moment during their campaign, and Boykin added two more as he led TCU to victory as they avoided an upset. The Horned Frogs fell behind by as much as 18 to Kansas State. Boykin didn’t quit fighting, his 69 yard rush gave TCU the lead in the 4th quarter, he added a 2 point conversion as well. After K-State tied it up, he threw a 55 yard TD pass which ended up being the game-winner.
TCU remains ranked in the top 5 despite some sketchy games the past few weeks, Boykin is the main reason why they are still undefeated. He has been clutch throwing the ball and a menace on the ground as well. He is closer to Fournette than you may think.
3.) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (+/- 0)
Stats: 835 rushing yards, 6.9 yards per rush, 10 TDs, 110 receiving yards
On an Ohio State team which has been extremely inconsistent so far this year, Ezekiel Elliott has been one of the few bright spots who has brought balance and consistency week after week. He extended his streak of 100 yards games to 11 and added 2 more TDs in a rout of Maryland.
4.) Seth Russell, QB, Baylor (+1)
Stats: 1,527 passing yards, 22-5 TDs-INTs, 63% completion percentage, 178 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Of course the conductor of the nation’s most explosive offense finds himself in the Heisman Watch, and even moved up a spot from last week with Nick Chubb’s injury. Russell leads the nation with 22 passing TDs and has had an impact on the ground as well. He added 4 total TDs in a blowout against Kansas, a team he was once committed to. His play has obviously been fantastic, and he also has Baylor resting comfortably as the #2 team in the country.
5.) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (NR)
Stats: 792 rushing yards, 9 yards per rush, 8 TDs, 71 receiving yards, TD
The new face in this week’s Heisman Watch is none other than the speedy Florida State running back, Dalvin Cook. The sophomore running back had a tremendous game against rival Miami as he compiled for over 250 total yards and added a hat trick of TDs. Cook has averaged a staggering 9 yards per rush this season, more than Fournette.