Heading into Week 10 it is becoming clear which players are going to be in the top five when it comes around to the Heisman Trophy Presentation in December.
However, one big loss can change it all, but right now these are the frontrunners for the award.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB: Watson and No. 2 Clemson are coming off of a huge win against Florida State. Watson played well throwing for 378 yards and two touchdowns with 52 yards on the ground, but his two interceptions kept it from being a dominant performance. Interceptions aside, Watson yet again has come up clutch for the Tigers as he has week after week this year. When it comes down to it, he wins football games.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB: Lamar Jackson’s stats alone say a lot, 361 yards through the air with four touchdowns and 88 yards on the ground. What everyone seems to be ignoring is the fact that he barely beat a 2-6 Virginia team, 32-25… He played well, but he and the Cardinals need to do better.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, ATH: Peppers went out and handled Michigan’s rival Michigan State. He totaled seven tackles, a sack and also a rushing touchdown. He has been a force, playing 11 positions this year. What more could you ask of the best player on an undefeated team?
Jake Browning, Washington, QB: College GameDay, big game against Utah, gets the dub. Huge win for Washington, but Browning did not nearly play his best football. Throwing for a measly 186 and two touchdowns, including an interception, he just did not play the way we are accustomed to. Regardless he got the win, and the Huskies remain undefeated.
Donnel Pumpfrey, SDSU, RB: The versatile back did not get into the end zone, but he did run for 223 yards and averaged 7.0 yards a carry. He is one of the few backs still in the running, and by far the frontrunner of them.
Barley hanging on:
J.T. Barrett, OSU, QB: After a loss to Penn State, Barrett was barely able to lead his team to a victory over Northwestern. He threw for 223 yards and ran for 71, good numbers, but with ZERO touchdowns. Barrett has worked to do to get back in the mix.
In the Hunt:
Dalvin Cook, FSU, RB
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE
Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DL
Jalen Hurts, Alabama, QB
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan, QB