Heisman Watch - Week 7 - Rise of Pumphrey

By JusticeLee
Oct. 21, 2016

In the hunt: Greg Ward Jr., Houston - Quarterback

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Despite Houston scoring 38 points against Tulsa, Ward Jr. failed to get on the scoreboard. However, he still contributed 396 yards of offense and was instrumental in setting up each of Houston’s 4 touchdown drives.

A meeting next week with a weak SMU defense should get Ward Jr. back into the touchdown column.

In the hunt: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - Quarterback

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This week’s game against Wisconsin was huge for Barrett as he added an impressive win over a stingy Badger defense. He took the offense into his own hands by accumulating 50 touches, 3 of which resulted in the Buckeyes’ only touchdowns of the day.

Barrett will lead Ohio State into Beaver Stadium to face Penn State where they should find success particularly on the ground as the Nittany Lions allow over 200 rushing yards per game.

4. Donnel Pumphrey , San Diego State - Running Back

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For the sixth week in a row, Pumphrey has scored a touchdown and tallied over 130 total yards. This week he thrashed a clearly inferior Fresno State defense by rushing 38 times for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. Only one other player in the country has been putting up numbers as big as Pumphrey on a week-to-week basis, and he sits at the top of this list.

Expect his dominance to continue next week against San Jose State who just gave up 201 rushing yards to Utah, just imagine what Pumphrey will do.

3. Jake Browning, Washington - Quarterback

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Browning is in excellent position coming out of his bye week to move up a spot in the rankings.

2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Quarterback

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On a day where they were almost upset by an unranked team, Clemson relied on their star quarterback Watson to lead them to victory. He came through when his team needed him to, particularly in overtime where his second touchdown pass of the day proved to be the game winner.

Watson can further solidify his Heisman standing with a big performance against conference rivals Florida State in Tallahassee.

1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Quarterback

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Jackson and the Cardinals ran into a surprisingly tough Duke defense this week and came nowhere near their nation leading 52 points per game. But, Jackson still came through, again getting it done on the air and ground with 325 total yards and 2 total touchdowns.

Jackson will face an NC State team next week that just took Clemson to overtime and nearly won. Look for Louisville to try and put that one away early and expect Jackson to lead the charge.