The 2014 Heisman Trophy tracker: week six

The Heisman trophy race was turned on its head over the weekend as most of the favorites fell to what many consider lesser opponents, and didn’t have good showings in the process. Major injury also caused some of the best to be eliminated from consideration. On the flip side, a handful of players made a huge jump up the list with great performances.
Here is a look at the best players in college football to this point in the season.
 Off the list
Taysom Hill, junior, quarterback, BYU: Hill was a his way to another big night when injury struck and he was knocked out for the season.  Before he got hurt, he completed 8-of-11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown to go along with 7 carries for 35 yards and another score.  For the season, he completed 66.7 percnet of his passes for 975 yards and seven touchdowns and three interceptions.  He also added 463 yards and eight touchdowns on 86 carries.

Travin Dural, sophomore, wide receiver, LSU: Dural is a spectacular athlete with a great future, but if the Tigers cant get him the ball he can’t make plays.  In the 41-7 loss to Auburn, he had just one reception for 40 yards.   So far this season, he has caught 22 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns.

KD Cannon, freshman, wide receiver, Baylor: since the return of all of the Baylor offensive weapons, Cannon has drifted into the background.  In the Bears 28-7 win over Texas, he finished with just one catch for six yards.  So far this season, he has caught 24 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns.

D.J. Foster, junior, running back, Arizona State: the Wildcats made a massive fourth quarter comeback to shock the USC Trojans 38-34 without much of a ground game.  In the win, he carried the ball 10 times for 13 yards to go along with five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he  has carried the ball 73 times for 553 yards and five touchdowns. He has also added 21 catches for 280 yards and two more scores.

Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler had another decent outing, but the Trojan defense couldn’t hold the lead as USC fell to Arizona State in the final seconds 38-34.  In the loss he completed 28-of-45 passes for 273 yards.  On the season, he has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Up next for Kessler and the Trojans is a trip to Arizona to face the Wildcats.

Clint Trickett, senior, quarterback, West Virginia: Trickett had another 300-yard passing day as the mountaineers beat the Kansas Jayhawks 33-14.  In the win, he completed 20-of-35 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown.  So far this season, he completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,902 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Up next for Trickett and West Virginia is a trip to Texas Tech.

Nelson Spruce, junior, wide receiver, Colorado: the Beaver defense held Spruce to his lowest output of the year as Oregon State outlasted Colorado 36-31.  In the loss, he caught six passes for 35 yards.  On the season, he has registered 62 receptions for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Up next for Spruce and the Buffaloes is a bye week before they travel to face the USC Trojans.

15.  Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: what a difference a week make for Hundley.  After a dominating performance against Arizona State, the Utah Utes found plenty of answers as they sacked him 10 times and returned an interception for a touchdown to beat the Bruins 30-28.  In the loss, he completed 16-of-21 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 72.8 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next for Hundley and the Bruins is a matchup with the Oregon Ducks.

14.  Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal: Goff came up big when the Bears needed him most as they escaped with a 60-59 win over the Washington State. In the win, he completed 37-of-53 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns.  So far this season, he has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,875 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Up next for Goff and the Bears is a matchup against Washington.

13.  Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State: Halliday had a game for the ages, but a missed 19-yard missed field goal late in the game left the Cougars on the wrong side of a 60-59 outcome to the California Bears.  In the loss, he completed 49-of-70 passes for a FBS record 734 yards, according to ESPN.com, and six touchdowns.  On the season, he has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,052 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Up next for Halliday and the Cougars is a trip to Stanford to face the Cardinal.

12.  Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi carried the load as the Broncos escaped with a 51-46 win over Nevada.  In the victory, he carried the ball 27 times for 152 yards, including second half touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 2 yards. For the season, he has carried the ball 142 times for 709 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 31 receptions for 280 yards and two more scores.

Up next for Ajayi and the Broncos is a bye week before they face the Fresno State Bulldogs.

11.  Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: Winston was one of the few favorites not to have a real battle as the Seminole knocked off Wake Forest 43-3. In the win, he completed 23-of-39 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. So far this season, he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,288 yards and eight touchdowns.

Up next for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State is a trip to face Syracuse.

10.  Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Texas put up more of a fight than most expected,  but Petty and the bears had enough answers as they came away with a 28-7 victory on Saturday afternoon.   In the win, he completed just 7-of-22 passes for 111 yards, including a pair of 30-yard touchdown passes.  On the season, he has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,024 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception.  He has also added three touchdowns on the ground.

Up next for Petty and the Bears is  a matchup with TCU.

9.  Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper had a solid outing, but it wasn’t enough as the Crimson Tide fell to the Mississippi Rebels 23-17 on Saturday afternoon.   In the loss,  he registered nine receptions for 91 yards. So far this season, he has totaled 52 receptions for 746 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for Cooper and the Crimson Tide is a trip to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks.

8.  Kenny Hill, sophomore, quarterback, Texas A&M: Hill put up huge numbers once again, but was bit by the turnover bug as the Aggies fell 48-31 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  In the loss, he completed 37-of-62 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns to go along with three interceptions.  So far this season, he has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,110 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Up next for Hill and the Aggies is a battle with Mississippi.

7.  Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah struggled with a tough Michigan State defense as the Cornhuskers lost 27-22.  In the defeat, he carried the ball 24 times for 45 yards and two touchdowns.  So far this season, he has carried the ball 138 times for 878 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He has also caught seven passes for 130 yards and two scores.

Up next for Abdullah and Nebraska is a bye week before a trip to face Northwestern.

6.  Nick Marshall, senior, quarterback, Auburn: Marshall had another huge night as the Tigers destroyed LSU 41-7 on Saturday night.  In the win, he completed 14-of-22 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as well as 16 carries for 119 yards and two additional scores.  So far this season, he has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 755 yards and eight touchdowns.  He has also registered 392 yards and four scores on the ground for the 5-0 Tigers.

Up next for Marshall and Auburn is a trip to Mississippi State to face the Bulldogs.

5.  Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: Gordon had a dominating performance on the ground, but it wasn’t enough as the Badgers fell to Northwestern 20-14.  In the loss, he carried the ball 27 times for 259 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run.  So far this season, he has carried the ball 105 times for 871 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next for Gordon and the Badgers is a game against Illinois.

4.  Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: For the second consecutive year, Arizona proved to be too big an obstacle for Mariota and the Ducks as they fell 31-24 on Thursday night.  In the loss, he completed 20-of-32 passes for 276 yards, including touchdown passes of 26 and 6 yards.  On the season, he has completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 1,411 yards and 15 touchdowns.  He has also added 215 yards and three scores on the ground.

Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a trip to UCLA to face the Bruins.

3.  Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson and the Irish overcame a very tough Stanford team 17-14 on Saturday.  In the win, he completed 20-of-43 passes for 241 yards, including touchdown passes of 17 and 23 yards.  So far this season, he has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,383 yards and 13 touchdowns.  He has also totaled four touchdowns on the ground.

Up next for Golson and Notre Dame is a game against North Carolina.

2.  Todd Gurley, junior running back, Georgia: Gurley had another big day as the Bulldogs drilled Vanderbilt 44-17.  In the win, he carried the ball 25 times for 163 yards, including touchdown runs of 5 and 14 yards.  On the season, he has put up 773 yards and eight touchdowns on 94 carries.

Up next for Gurley and Georgia is a trip to face nationally ranked Missouri.

1.  Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott made a huge jump in the race after a monster day propelled his bulldogs to a 48-31 win over Texas A&M. In the victory, he completed 19-of-25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 23 carries for 77 yards and three more scores. On the season, he has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,223 yards and 13 touchdowns.  He has also added 455 yards and six touchdowns on 85 attempts.

Up next for Prescott and the Bulldogs is a top five battle against Auburn.

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