Heisman Watch - Week 8 - True Freshman Joins The Chase

By JusticeLee
Oct. 26, 2016

In the hunt: Jalen Hurts, Alabama - Quarterback

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The true freshman Hurts has finally made an appearance on this list. His dual threat ability has been essential for the Alabama offense this year. Hurts has over 2,000 total yards this season and 20 touchdowns.

The wins keep piling up for Hurts and the Crimson Tide, which undoubtedly helps his Heisman standing. LSU is next on the schedule in a classic SEC rivalry game.

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

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Barrett has been in a slump passing the ball for the past couple weeks, but usually makes up for it with a strong showing on the ground. However, the same cannot be said for this week as he was held to just 26 yards on 17 carries in the Buckeyes loss to Penn State.

The Texas native will have the opportunity to bounce back next week against a Northwestern defense that allows 414 yards per game.

4. Donnel Pumphrey , San Diego State - Running Back

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The Pumphrey Express just keeps on gaining steam. In a 42-3 bludgeoning of San Jose State this week, Pumphrey ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he broke Marshall Faulk’s school record for career rushing and overall touchdowns, with 58 and 63, respectively.

It’s hard to ignore the numbers Pumphrey is producing, but the one thing he will always be missing is a game against top-level competition. Expect him to continue producing these eye-popping numbers throughout the rest of the season.

3. Jake Browning, Washington - Quarterback

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The Huskies are rolling through the Pac-12 and Browning has been a large part of that. Oregon State was no match this week for Browning as he tossed three touchdowns and added another on the ground. The touchdowns just keep piling on for the sophomore signal caller.

There is the potential for some trouble next week with Washington facing 17th ranked Utah. However, I doubt the Utes will stop a Browning led offense that puts up 48 points per game.

2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Quarterback

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I was tempted to drop Watson a spot in the rankings, but his competition has simply been tougher than Browning’s and he has still put up over 2,000 total yards and 21 touchdowns.

1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Quarterback

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It was lights, cameras, action on the Lamar Jackson Show this week. He lit up a tough NC State defense, gaining 431 total yards and four touchdowns. It’s safe to say that Jackson is still the most dangerous man in college football.

Next week we should see another fireworks display from Jackson as he faces a 31-point underdog in Virginia.

Subtractions: Greg Ward Jr.

Additions: Jalen Hurts

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