Heisman Watch: Jackson still in control

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger

@mattdmcclain

 

Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville: 3,390 yards, 30 touchdowns, 1,538 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns

(Brett H, Flickr)

(Brett H, Flickr)

In Louisville’s 41-38 loss to Kentucky, Jackson accumulated 281 passing yards and 171 rushing yards. It was the sixth time this season Jackson passed for 200 yards or more and rushed for 100 yards or more. Jackson accounted for four of Louisville’s five touchdowns, but he also turned the ball over four times. Despite Jackson’s mistakes, no other player has come close to his production level this season. At the end of the season, if he wins, which he should, Jackson would be a wire-to-wire winner. Jackson started on top after his eight-touchdown performance against Charlotte and will end on top. Jackson has no regular season games remaining, but the Cardinals are bowl eligible.

 

Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Alabama: 2,454 yards, 21 touchdowns, 840 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns

Hurts and the Crimson Tide shut down Auburn’s upset bid and beat the Tigers 30-12 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday. Hurts threw two interceptions but redeemed himself with two passing touchdowns. Hurts added a rushing touchdown to his performance. Hurts has made up for the loss of running back Derrick Henry in Alabama’s offense. Without the reining Heisman Trophy winner, the Crimson Tide was set to be lackluster, but Hurts has given Alabama a spark. Alabama’s offense has scored 39.4 points per game behind Hurts. He will most likely come up short this year, but Hurts is building his Heisman hype for the future. Alabama faces Florida in the SEC Championship on Saturday.

 

Jake Browning, quarterback, Washington: 3,162 yards, 40 touchdowns

The Huskies faced off with Washington State in the Apple Cup, and the Huskies destroyed WSU 45-17. Browning passed for three touchdowns and 292 yards. Browning has led the Huskies to their most successful season since 2000, and UW looks to be a favorite to make the College Football Playoff. Browning became the 35th quarterback in college football history to throw for 40 touchdowns Saturday. He now owns the record for passing touchdowns for UW. The Huskies face Colorado for the Pac-12 title Friday.

 

Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma: 3,381 yards, 35 touchdowns

The Sooners were on a bye this week. Mayfield’s final chance to impress the voters is Saturday when Oklahoma takes on Oklahoma State in the de facto Big 12 title game in Norman.

 

Trace McSorley, quarterback, Penn State: 2,976 yards, 21 touchdowns

McSorely led the Nittany Lions to a second-half comeback to beat Michigan State. PSU won the game 45-12 but were down 12-10 at the half. McSorely threw three passing touchdowns in the third quarter, and threw for one more touchdown in the fourth quarter. In addition to McSorely’s 21 passing touchdowns, he has ran for six touchdowns and 372 yards. McSorely didn’t do enough early in the season to compete for the Heisman, but he has come on late to get the fifth spot. PSU got help from Ohio State to make the Big Ten title game. The Nittany Lions face Wisconsin on Saturday.

 

Oklahoma State’s top candidate

Mason Rudolph, quarterback: 3,591 yards, 25 touchdowns

The Cowboys didn’t have a game after Thanksgiving. Rudolph is too far behind the field to make it to New York for the Heisman presentation, but he faces Oklahoma on Saturday to boost his stats.

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