Big names like Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney dominated the off-season, with ESPN running piece after piece on them. Yet that was the preseason, and now, we’re a third of the way through the season. Here’s a look at those hopefuls so far at the end of week five, and rank them from best to worst. It’ll based it off of personal stats, team record, and wild card.
1. Johnny Manziel
QB, Texas A&M: Stats: 1,489 yards, 14 TD’s, 4 int’s, 314 yards on the ground. Team Record: 4-1.
Having a great year so far, and even in the loss to Alabama, he had 464 yards through the air, 5 touchdowns, and 98 yards on the ground. Even through all the off-season drama, he’s definitely the Heisman front-runner.
QB, Louisville: Stats: 1,562 yards, 16 TD’s, 1 int. Team Record: 4-0.
Wild Card: NFL.com ranked Bridgewater the top quarterback in the 2014 draft.
Through a sinking strength of schedule in a already weak conference, Teddy Bridgewater has been the shiny jewel of AAC, and deserves the high-praise he’s getting.
3. Sammy Watkins
Stats: 29 REC, 481 yards, 3 TD’s. Team Record: 4-0.
Wild Card: Mature beyond his years.
Watkins is an incredible receiver, averaging more than 14 yards per catch on a stacked Clemson team.
4. Marcus Mariota
QB, Oregon: Stats: 1,358, 14 TD’s, 0 int, 338 yards on the ground. Team record: 4-0.
Wild Card: Team has not had a turnover all season.
Playing for the #1 running offense in the country would be difficult for most quarterbacks, but Mariota takes it in stride, and is having an incredible year.
5. Lache Seastrunk
RB Baylor: Stats: 53 ATT, 589 yards, 8 TD’s, 11.1 yards per carry. Team Record: 3-0.
Wild Card: Tied for best name in college football with Silverberry Mouhon (Cincinnati DL)
Seastrunk is having a record year and would be higher on the list, but he hasn’t played a good defense.
6. Tajh Boyd
QB, Clemson: Stats: 1,449 yards, 14 TD’s, 2 int’s, 154 yards on the ground. Team record: 4-0.
Wild card: Has maybe the best receiver in college to throw to in Sammy Watkins.
Having a great year playing for an amazing Clemson team.
7. De’Anthony Thomas
RB Oregon: Stats: 42, 338 yards, 6 TD’s, 8.0 yards per carry. Team Record: 3-0.
Wild Card: At 5’9, 176, he’s a little big man.
Thomas is the leading rusher on the number one rushing offense in the country. ‘Nuff said.
8. Aaron Murray
QB, Georgia: Stats: 1,534 yards, 14 TD’s, 3 int’s. Team record: 3-1.
Wild Card: Great smile
Arron Murray threw his 100th touchdown against North Texas for the longest touchdown in Georgia history. On pace for an NCAA record 4,424 yards.
9. Todd Gurley
RB Georgia: Stats: 71 ATT, 450 yards, 4 TD’s, 6.3 yards per carry. Team Record: 3-1.
Wild Card: Rough and tough name.
Todd Gurley is having a great sophomore campaign this year, and a passing threat like Arron Murray could open up more room for him to run.
10. AJ McCarron
QB, Alabama: Stats: 1,048 yards, 10 TD’s, 3 int’s. Team record: 4-0.
Wild Card: Katherine Webb
Good year so far for the senior, hoping for a 3rd straight national championship. Had a big game against Texas A&M, with
11. Duke Johnson
RB, Miami: Stats: 84 ATT, 572 yards, 4 TD’s, 6.8 yards per carry. Team Record: 4-0.
Wild Card: Is a mama’s boy in the best sense of the word…ever.
Great year on a great team.
12. T.J. Yeldon
RB Alabama: Stats: 72 ATT, 445 yards, 4 TD’s, 6.2 yards per carry. Team record: 4-0.
Wild Card: 149 yards against Texas A&M.
Same thing as Duke, but Yeldon should get more yards as the season goes on as Mccaron starts to really turn it on, as the pass will open up the run
13. Marqise Lee
WR, USC: Stats: 30 REC, 385 yards, 1 TD. Team Record: 3-2.
Wild card: USC just fired their head coach, Lane Kiffin.
Has been having a slightly down year as the QB situation as USC is completely crazy, but should turn it up as that situation is smoothed out.
14. Braxton Miller
QB, Ohio State: Stats: 609 yards, 6 TD’s, 2 int, and 233 yards on the ground. Team record: 5-0.
Wild card: Miller was out for three weeks.
Miller is having a good year, but was out for three weeks, so his Heisman hopes took a dent.
15. Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina: Stats: 12 total tackles, 2 sacks. Team Record: 3-1.
Wild Card: Out of breath from reading so far.
While he’s having a decent year, no one thought he would look as bad as he did on opening night. He doesn’t seem to have the same explosiveness as he did last year. Overall just looks disinterested.