It didn’t take long for the race for the Heisman Trophy to change. Plenty of notable names stepped up over the second week of the college football season, while others had games that it will be very hard to recover from. Some favorites lost big games, while others made plays to make sure that their team stayed on the right track.
Here is a look at the players who are in line to make noise in the Heisman Trophy race moving forward.
Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: the Bears had a huge win behind fantastic play from their starting quarterback, but it wasn’t Petty who was under center. He sat out the 70-6 win over Northwestern State while Seth Russell took the reins. Russell played just one half of football, but managed to account for 438 yard and five touchdowns through the air and another score on the ground.
Petty and the Bears are back in action on Friday night when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bulls in the first of three straight road games.
Sean Mannion, senior, quarterback, Oregon State: Mannion and the Beavers opened up a huge lead on Hawaii and then managed to hold on for a 38-30 win on Saturday night. In the victory, Mannion completed 26-of-37 passes for 300 yards, including touchdown passes of 4, 5 and 8 yards to go along with an interception. On the season, he has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 628 yards and four touchdowns.
Up next for Mannion and the Beavers is a bye week before San Diego State pays them a visit.
T.J. Yeldon, junior, running back, Alabama: The weather posed more of a threat than Florida Atlantic as the Crimson Tide knocked off the Owls in a game shortened by lightning. Yeldon didn’t have much work in the big win, but still put up 43 yards on seven carries on the ground to go along with one reception for 18 yards. On the season, he has 30 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Up next for Yeldon and Alabama is a visit from Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
Taysom Hill, junior, quarterback, BYU: Hill didn’t have as big a night as he did in the season opener against UConn, but he still registered nearly 300 yards of total offense as the Cougars blew out Texas 41-7 on Saturday night. In the big win, he completed 18-of-27 passes for 181 yards and an interception to go along with 99 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. For the season, he has completed 73 percent of his passes for 489 yards and three touchdowns as well as 196 yards and five scores as a runner.
Up next for Hill and the Cougars is their first home game of the season against Houston.
Ty Montgomery, senior, wide receiver, Stanford: Montgomery and the Cardinal suffered a heartbreaking 13-10 loss at the hands of the USC Trojans thanks to a late 53-yard field goal by Andre Heidari. Even though Stanford got beat, Montgomery had a big day. He recorded nine receptions for 83 yards, to go along with 113 yards on four touches as a punt and kick returner. On the season, he has totaled 14 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown as well as a punt return score.
Up next for Montgomery and the Cardinal is a battle against Army on Saturday.
Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: after the Ducks found themselves in a nine-point hole in the third quarter, Mariota orchestrated four touchdown drives to give Oregon a 46-27 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. In the win, he completed 17-of-28 passes for 318 yards, including touchdown passes for 70, 24 and 37 yards. He also added nine carries for 42 yards on the ground. On the season, he has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 585 yards and six touchdowns as well as 85 yards and another score on the ground.
Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a visit from the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday.
Taylor Kelly, senior, quarterback, Arizona State: Kelly and the Sun Devils had little trouble in their first road game of the year as they blasted the New Mexico Lobos 58-23 on Saturday night. In the win, he completed 11-of-20 passes for 192 yards, including touchdown passes of 24 and 41 yards. He was also effective with his legs with 10 carries for 84 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns as well as 98 yards and another score on the ground.
Up next for Kelly and Arizona State is a trip to Colorado on Saturday to face the Buffalos.
Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: the Bruins’ offense found their form in week two behind a huge night from Hundley as UCLA outlasted the Memphis Tigers 42-35 on Saturday night. In the victory, he completed 33-of-44 passes for 396 yards, including touchdown passes of 62, 14 and 33 yards. On the season, he has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 638 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 65 yards and a score on the ground.
Up next for Hundley and the Bruins is a trip to Texas to face the Longhorns on Saturday.
Todd Gurley, junior running back, Georgia: Gurley and the Bulldogs had a bye in week two after a huge outing in the first game of the season when he scored four touchdowns and totaled 198 yards on the ground.
Up next for Gurley and the Bulldogs is a battle against South Carolina.
Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: after a huge game in week one, Cooper was even better in week two as the Crimson blasted the Florida Atlantic 41-0 in a weather shortened affair. In the win, he totaled 13 receptions for 189 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown catch. He also added one carry in the game for 20 yards. For the season, he has 25 catches for 319 yards and a touchdown.
Up next for Cooper and Alabama is a game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: after a solid first game, Ajayi was even better in game two as the Broncos knocked off the Colorado State Rams 37-24 on Saturday night. In the win, he carried the ball 33 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns to go along with four receptions for 61 yards and another score. On the season, he has 53 carries for 305 yards and two touchdowns as well as 16 catches for 154 yards and two more scores.
Up next for Ajayi and the Broncos is a trip to Connecticut on Saturday to face the Huskies.
Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: after a touch opening game, Winston and the Seminoles had a much easier time in a 37-12 victory over Citadel. In the win, he completed 22-of-27 passes for 256 yards, including touchdown passes of 1 and 12 yards. On the season, he has completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 626 yards and three touchdowns to go along with another score on the ground.
Up next for Winston and Florida State is a big game against Clemson on Saturday.
Mike Davis, junior, running back, South Carolina: Davis had a much better outing in week two as the Gamecocks beat East Carolina 33-23. In the win, he carried the ball 18 times for 101 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 36 yards. He also added three receptions for 28 yards on the day. So far this season, he has 116 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to go along with four receptions.
Up next for Davis and South Carolina is a matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler was nowhere near as good against the Cardinal as he was in the opening game of the season, but he still did enough to see his Trojans come away with the huge road win. In the 13-10 victory, he completed 15-of-22 passes for 135 yards. On the season, he has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns as well as another score on the ground.
Up next for Kessler and USC is a trip to Massachusetts to face the Boston College Eagles on Saturday.
Kenny Hill, sophomore, quarterback, Texas A&M: Hill had another impressive outing in the Aggies’ 73-3 win over Lamar. In the victory, Hill completed 17-of-26 passes for 283 yards, including touchdown passes 24, 51, 9 and 18 yards in less than three-quarters of play. On the season, Hill has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for 794 yards and seven touchdowns.
Up next for Hill and the Aggies is a visit from Rice on Saturday.
Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: Gordon wasn’t nearly as effective as he was in a tough loss in week one, but he still found the end zone in a 37-3 win over Western Illinois. In the victory, he carried the ball 17 times for 38 yards to go along with four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has a combined 200 yards of offense and two scores.
Up next for Gordon and the Badgers is a bye week before Bowling Green comes to town.
Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah was a dynamic on the ground as he was in the first week of the season, but he made up for that with his play in the passing game as the Huskers outlasted McNeese State 31-24. In the win, he totaled 17 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He also added three receptions for 96 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown pass with :20 remaining to help Nebraska secure the victory. On the season, he has recorded 286 yards and two scores on the ground as well as 105 yards and another touchdown through the air.
Up next for Abdullah and the Huskers is a trip to Fresno State to face the Bulldogs.
Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson proved that his week one production wasn’t a fluke as he led Notre Dame to a 31-0 win over Michigan. In the victory, He completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards, including touchdown passes of 1, 24 and 12 yards. On the season, he has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 521 yards and five touchdowns as well as three more scores on the ground.
Up next for Golson and Notre Dame is a visit from Purdue.
Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State: even though Halliday put up huge numbers for the second consecutive week, the Cougars couldn’t get over the hump against a tough Nevada team. In the 24-13 loss, he completed 38-of-57 passes for 389 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. On the season, he has completed 69 percent of his passes for 921 yards and six touchdowns.
Up next for Halliday and the Cougars is a visit from Portland State.
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Travin Dural, sophomore, wide receiver, LSU: Dural has made only six catches in two Tigers victories, but he has scored on four of them, including three touchdowns on three receptions in a 56-0 win over Sam Houston State. For the season, his six receptions have totaled 291 yards (48.5 yards per catch) and four scores.
Up next for Dural and LSU is a matchup against Louisiana-Monroe.
D.J. Foster, junior, running back, Arizona State: after an impressive outing in an opening game win over Weber State with 147 yards and three touchdowns, Foster was even better in week two. In the 58-23 win over New Mexico, he carried the ball 19 times for 216 yards and a touchdown to go along with three receptions for 54 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 34 times for 363 yards and four touchdowns as well as seven receptions for 80 yards.
Foster and Arizona State will be back at it when they go on the road to face the Colorado Buffaloes.
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Chuckie Keeton, senior, quarterback, Utah State: Keeton has really struggled in his first few games coming back from a severe knee injury and has totaled just 260 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions on a completion percentage 47.7 to go along with 90 yards and a score on the ground.