Week seven of College Football took place this past Saturday and many experts, analysts, writers and even fans change their Heisman candidate list due to the results of week seven. Which is understandable and while some quarterbacks statuses dropped, others elevated.
Now while there are plenty of candidates to consider, below you will see my top five Heisman candidates. Now these candidates are not in any particular order, they just happen to be my top five candidates at this time.
QB Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M
Although he made history last season by winning the Heisman award, no one can deny that Johnny Manziel is once again putting on a show and could very well win it again this year. He has currently thrown for 1,835 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and only five interceptions along with nearly 500 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He continues to be an accurate quarterback, connecting on 73% of his passes so far this season. While Texas A&M may not be undefeated, no one can deny the reason Texas A&M is 5-1 is because on Johnny Manziel.
QB Marcus Mariota of Oregon
Marcus Mariota may be the main Heisman candidate that people don’t really talk about, which is surprising since Oregon is ranked No. 2 in the country. Which they wouldn’t be without Mariota, he continues to lead the Oregon Ducks to victory and undefeated record of 6-0. He has currently thrown for 1,724 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and zero interceptions and has rushed for nearly 500 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He has been extremely efficient, accurate and more importantly a leader. This past week Oregon faced off against Washington, who gave them a good fight but Oregon was able to pull away. Some would say Oregon hasn’t faced any true challenges yet but don’t worry they soon will, they have upcoming games against UCLA who is currently undefeated and Stanford who is 5-1.
QB Tahj Boyd of Clemson
No one can deny that Tahj Boyd has played great, which is funny since most people weren’t talking about him this off-season but they definitely are now. Boyd has led the Clemson Tigers to an undefeated season so far at 6-0, he has also thrown for 1,783 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions. While this week wasn’t much to talk about, I was impressed with how he demolished the Syracuse defense in week 6, throwing for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He also showed early this season that he is not afraid of the big moment or stage and was able to lead his team to victory over Georgia. Now Boyd and the Clemson Tigers will face a challenge this upcoming Saturday as they face-off against the #5 ranked Florida State Seminoles, this will be another challenge and will tell us even more about Boyd.
QB Jameis Winston of Florida State
Jameis Winston has been one of the few freshman phenoms this year, some would even say he is biggest freshman phenom this season. He has help to lead to lead the Seminoles to a 5-0 record. He has thrown for 1,441 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He seems to be natural leader, doesn’t allow the pressure in his face to fluster him and still makes good decisions and accurate passes. Then he also has the ability to make things happen for himself in the open field with his good vision and agility. Now many fans feel, Winston still needs to be challenge despite beating Maryland 63-0. Well this upcoming week he will face-off against the #3 ranked Clemson Tigers, if he can lead his team to victory in this one and pull off the major upset, his name may sky-rocket to the top of the Heisman list.
QB Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville
Now Teddy Bridgewater is probably one of the more scrutinized quarterbacks in the Heisman race even though he has led the Cardinals to a 6-0 record. He has also thrown for 1,872 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The problem is, Louisville plays in the AAC which doesn’t offer the best competition, so anything Bridgewater does is looked at differently. Nonetheless, I don’t think anyone can dispute the fact that he is a good college football quarterback who is playing good consistent football. He may not be playing the best competition but Louisville is undefeated because of Teddy Bridgewater.
QB Aaron McCarron of Alabama (6-0), QB Braxton Miller of Ohio (State 6-0), QB Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois (6-0), QB Derek Carr of Fresno State (5-0), Aaron Murray of Georgia (4-2).
Written by LBeasley, Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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