Heisman Watch: Week 5

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second quarter of the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Going into Week 5 we have a lot of talent being shown and also some big matchups.

The biggest of these is No. 3 Clemson and Deshaun Watson hosting Lamar Jackson and No. 4 Louisville on Saturday in Death Valley. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ABC.

This game can completely change the course of the Heisman race.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB: Lamar Jackson went off again this last week, posting monster numbers against Marshall. He threw for 417 yards and five touchdowns with 62 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jackson has been the definition of dominant this year, with his touchdown count alone (25) being tied for the third most with other teams. He is racking up insane numbers.

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, RB: McCaffrey ran for 138 yards in last week’s win over UCLA. He is still a Heisman favorite to a lot of people, but with the touchdowns Jackson is putting up, he will need to do a lot more. We have seen what he is capable of so don’t be surprised if he shocks you some more in the upcoming weeks.

Greg Ward JR, Houston, QB: Ward played Thursday night in a revenge game against UConn (their only loss last year). He stepped up and led his team to a monster win. He totaled 389 yards through the air, with three touchdowns, while completing 32 of 38 passes. He also ran for 65 yards and two touchdowns. A good statement performance for him, solidifying his contention going into next week.

Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, ATH: Although he didn’t rack up major stats, he did have five tackles and was nothing but consistent. Michigan won yet another game and he had another monster punt return. What he does is special, and he does it consistently.

Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB: For the man who broke Clemson’s long lasting curse at Georgia Tech, he had a game. He threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He led his team into a place they haven’t won at in over a decade. Although they did put together a win, we are still waiting to see THE Deshaun Watson. This week against Louisville is make or break game for Watson and Clemson, we’ll see how he performs.

JT Barrett, Ohio State, QB: Barrett is coming off a bye week so there’s not much to be said. Perform against the Scarlet Knights and keep the performances going.

Keeping a close eye on:

Dalvin Cook, FSU, RB

Donnel Pumpfrey, SDSU, RB

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, QB

Might be too late:

Nick Chubb, Georgia, RB

Leonard Fournette, LSU, RB

In the hunt:

Corey Clement, Wisconsin, RB

Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE

Mark Walton, Miami, RB

Jake Browning, Washington, QB

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