The early season Heisman race has been dominated by great performances from the quarterback position, but that all changed in week four thanks to some remarkable showings from a pair of running backs and a wide receiver. Now that there has been a handful of games from each player there is enough information to rank the candidates from bottom to top.
Here is a look at the best candidates for the Heisman Trophy to this point in the season.
Off the list
T.J. Yeldon, junior, running back, Alabama: even though the Crimson Tide won 42-21 over the Florida Gators, Yeldon had his third straight game with less than 60 yards rushing. With the other running backs putting up huge games and all the weapons at Lane Kiffin’s disposal, Yeldon just doesn’t get enough touches to stay on the board. On the season, he has carried the ball 57 times for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
Mike Davis, junior, running back, South Carolina: even though the Gamecocks put up 48 points in a win over Vanderbilt, Davis didn’t find the end zone or reach the 100 yard mark for the third time in four games. On the season, he has totaled 264 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in four games.
Taylor Kelly, senior, quarterback, Arizona State: the Sun Devils had the week off, but Kelly will be out at least another week with a foot injury, according to the Associated Press. So far this season, he has connected on 61.8 percent of his passes for 625 yards and six touchdowns as well as 168 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
It is unclear when Kelly will be ready to get back on the field.
20. Ty Montgomery, senior, wide receiver, Stanford: Montgomery and Stanford had the week off to prepare for another conference rival. On the season, he has recorded 22 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns as well as a touchdown on the ground.
Up next for the Cardinal and Montgomery is a trip to face the undefeated Washington Huskies.
19. Travin Dural, sophomore, wide receiver, LSU: Dural had another big game, but LSU still lost 34-29 to the Mississippi Bulldogs. In the defeat, he caught six passes for 124 yards to up his season totals to 18 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns.
Next in line for Dural and LSU is a visit from New Mexico State.
18. Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State: Halliday had a fantastic showing, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars fell to the Oregon Ducks 38-31 on Saturday night. In the loss, he completed 43-of-63 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 1,901 and 16 touchdowns.
Up next for Halliday and the Cougars is a trip to Utah to face the undefeated Utes.
17. KD Cannon, freshman, wide receiver, Baylor: Cannon and Baylor had the week off to prepare for the Big 12 opener. So far this season, he has 14 catches for 471 yards and five touchdowns in three games.
Up next for Cannon and the Bears is a Big 12 battle against Iowa State.
16. Sean Mannion, senior, quarterback, Oregon State: the beavers had little trouble with the San Diego State Aztecs as they came away with a 28-7 victory. In the win, Mannion completed 24-of-31 passes for 275 yards and an interception. On the season, he has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 903 yards and four touchdowns.
Up next for Mannion and the Beavers is a trip to face the USC Trojans.
15. Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Hundley and the Bruins. He is on the mend from an elbow injury he suffered in the win over Texas. So far this season, he has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 686 yards and three touchdowns.
Up next is a trip to Arizona State to take on the Sun Devils on Thursday night.
14. Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler and the Trojans had the week off to prepare for one of the best signal callers in the nation. So far this season, he has completed 71 percent of his passes for 846 yards and eight touchdowns.
Up next for Kessler and USC is a Matchup with Mannion and the Oregon State Beavers.
13. D.J. Foster, junior, running back, Arizona State: Foster and the Sun Devils had a bye in week four. For the season, he has totaled 510 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as well as 11 catches for 139 yards and another score.
Foster and the Sun Devils await the UCLA Bruins in a Thursday night clash in the Pac 12 South.
12. Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: after a sub par outing in the Broncos’ last game, Ajayi was back at top form in a 34-9 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. In the victory, he carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards, including touchdown runs of 2, 2, and 16 yards. He also added five receptions for 37 yards. So far this season, he has totaled 494 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as well as 23 receptions for 204 yards and two scores.
Up next for Ajayi and the Broncos is a matchup with Air Force.
11. Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson and the Irish had the week off in week four. For the season, he has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also added four rushing touchdowns.
Up next for Golson and Notre Dame is a matchup with Syracuse.
10. Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty and Baylor had the bye week after a 3-0 start to the year. So far this season, he has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 577 yards and six touchdowns.
Petty and the Bears open up Big 12 play when they visit the Iowa State Cyclones.
9. Taysom Hill, junior, quarterback, BYU: Hill didn’t put up huge numbers, but he did enough as the Cougars improved to 4-0 with a 41-33 win over the Virginia Cavaliers. In the victory, he completed 13-of-23 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 17 carries for 72 yards, including a 15 touchdown run. On the season, he has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 876 yards and six touchdowns. He has also added 428 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Up next for Hill and BYU is a bye week before they face the Utah State Aggies.
8. Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: the Seminoles came away with a hard-fought 23-17 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers on Saturday night without the services of Winston who was suspended for the game.
Up next for Winston and Florida State is a trip to North Carolina State to take on the undefeated Wolfpack.
7. Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott has another big day, as the Bulldogs knocked of the LSU tigers. In the win, he completed 15-of-24 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 22 carries for 105 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also added 378 yards and three scores on the ground.
Up next for Prescott and the Bulldogs is a bye before they face Kenny Hill and Texas A&M.
6. Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: after a fumble on his first carry of the game, Gordon redeemed himself with five touchdowns on his next 11 carries as the Badgers drilled Bowling Green 65-17. In the win, he carried the ball 13 times for 253 yards, including touchdown runs of in a little more than one half of play. On the season, he has carried the ball 46 times for 431 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 27 yards and a score on five receptions.
Up next for Gordon and Wisconsin is a visit from South Florida.
5. Todd Gurley, junior running back, Georgia: Gurley didn’t see very much action as the Bulldogs got very little in the way of a challenge from an undermanned Troy team. In the 66-0 win, he carried the ball just six times for 73 yards. So far this season, he has carried the ball 41 times for 402 yards and four touchdowns.
Up next for Gurley and Georgia is an SEC match up with the Tennessee Volunteers.
4. Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper had another dominating performance as Alabama outlasted the Florida Gators 42-21 on Saturday. In the win, he caught 10 passes for 201 yards, including touchdown receptions of 79, 4, and 6 yards. On the season, he has recorded 43 receptions for 655 yards and five touchdowns.
Up next for Cooper and Alabama is a bye week before a road game against Mississippi.
3. Kenny Hill, sophomore, quarterback, Texas A&M: SMU didn’t pose much of a threat as Hill had another big game in a 58-6 win. In a half of play, he completed 16-of-22 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He also added two carries for 57 yards. On the season, he had completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 1,359 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Up next for Hill and the Aggies is a game against Arkansas.
2. Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah had his second 200 yard game of the season as the Cornhuskers beat the Miami Hurricanes 41-31. In the win, he finished with 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries as well a touchdown reception. On the season, he has registered 625 yards and five touchdowns on 92 carries to go along with five catches for 108 yards and two scores.
Up next for Abdullah and Nebraska is a Battle with Illinois to open the Big 10 season.
1. Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota had another huge outing as the Ducks escaped with a 38-31 win over Washington State. In the victory, he completed 21-of-25 passes for 329 yards, including touchdown passes of 80, 57, 13, 8 and 6 yards. He also added 58 yards on 13 carries for the Ducks. On the season, he has completed 74 percent of his passes for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns without throwing an interception. He has also totaled 214 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Up next for Mariota and Oregon is an off week before the Arizona Wildcats come to town.