Aug. 18, 2015
Heisman Watch - Week 4 - Big Names Reemerge
In the hunt: Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Quarterback
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride to a 4-0 start for Watson and the Tigers, but the junior quarterback seems to finally be settling in. In the past two weeks he’s only committed one turnover, while scoring 5 touchdowns.
Watson will have a monumental challenge ahead of him next week against Louisville where he will look to keep up with a Cardinal offense that has scored 63.5 points per game.
In the hunt: Dalvin Cook, Florida State - Running Back
Following a down week against a down week against Louisville, Cook bounced back in a huge way against South Florida. He racked up 329 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 32 touches.
Cook has a good chance to succeed next week against a North Carolina defense that has allowed 240 rushing yards per game.
4. Jake Browning, Washington - Quarterback
Although not statistically his best game of the season, Browning still made the plays when it counted, including a four yard touchdown pass in overtime to seal the victory over Arizona.
Browning and the Huskies face a gauntlet of tough Pac-12 teams for the rest of the season. However, none of these games will be bigger than next week’s matchup against Stanford.
3. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - Quarterback
Barrett was on a bye this week and returns in week five to take on Rutgers in what should be a good matchup to boost his Heisman standing.
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford - Running Back
The do-it-all man out of Stanford produced a third straight strong performance in a tough game against UCLA. His 138 yards led all rushers, but failed to hit pay dirt for the first time this season.
The Cardinal will continue to lean heavily on McCaffrey, as they should. He should find plenty of room to run next week against Washington, a team that just gave up 308 rushing yards to Arizona.
1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Quarterback
It’s hard to believe that he’s just a sophomore. Jackson added on 7 more touchdowns to his season total while passing for a season high 417 yards this week against Marshall.
Next week is when things will get interesting for Jackson as he faces a tough Clemson defense that has allowed just 218 yards per game. Should he perform even half as well as he has been it can be considered a major success for him.
Additions: Dalvin Cook, Deshaun Watson
Subtractions: Steven Taylor, Leonard Fournette