The 2014 Heisman Trophy tracker: week seven

Week seven of the college football season saw a huge change in the polls as well as in the Heisman rankings.  Some players near the top of the list over the past few weeks didn’t look good and got beat, while some looked good yet still managed to lose.  Others looked unimpressive even though their teams won while a handful of players cemented their name as front-runners with fantastic performances.   Add in the fact that there were also guys who didn’t play (whether because of a bye week or a suspension), and its clear that the rankings got shuffled as much as any week this year.

Here is a look at the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy to this point in the season.

Off the list

Todd Gurley, junior running back, Georgia: a Georgia running back had a big day as the Bulldogs drilled Missouri 34-0 on Saturday, but it wasn’t Gurley, who was suspended indefinitely.  On the season, Gurley carried the ball 94 times for 773 yards and eight touchdowns as well as 11 receptions for 53 yards.

20.  Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler and the Trojans were saved by an errant kick as time expired to manage a 28-26 win over Arizona.  In the win, he completed 20-of-30 passes for 185 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass.  So far this season, he has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 1,565 yards and 11 touchdowns with only one interception.

Up next for Kessler and the Trojans is a visit from Colorado.

19.  Nelson Spruce, junior, wide receiver, Colorado: Spruce and the Buffaloes had a bye in preparation for another Pac-12 South matchup..  So far this season, he has caught 62 passes for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Up next for Spruce and Colorado is a visit from USC.

18.  Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi and Boise State had a week off to prepare for the rest of the Mountain West Conference season. For the year, 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 game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

17.  Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: Hundley had a solid effort in the Bruins’ 42-30 loss to Oregon, but his numbers are a little misleading because both his touchdown passes came long after the game was out of reach.  In the defeat, he completed 26-of-37 passes for 216 yards and a pair of scores to go along with 22 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.  So far this year, he has completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,526 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He has also contributed 211 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Up next for Hundley and the Bruins is a trip to face Jared Goff and the Cal Bears.

16.  Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: after four straight games with more than 100 yards receiving to start the season, Cooper has had a rough go as of it late.  In the 14-13 win over Arkansas, he finished with season lows of two catches for 22 yards.  On the season, he has registered 54 receptions for 768 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for Cooper and the Crimson Tide is a matchup with Texas A&M.

15.  Clint Trickett, senior, quarterback, West Virginia: Trickett had another 300-yard game as the Mountaineers came back from a two-touchdown deficit late in the fourth quarter to escape with a 37-34 win over Texas Tech.  In the victory, he completed 28-of-44 passes for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  On the season, he has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,203 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Up next of Trickett and West Virginia is a battle with the Baylor Bears.

14.  Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal: after at least three touchdown passes in every game this season, Goff didn’t find the end zone as the Bears lost 31-7 to the Washington Huskies.  In the defeat, he completed 35-of-51 passes for 304 yards.  So far this season, he has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,179 yards and 22 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Up next for Goff and Cal is a game against UCLA.

13.  Kevin White, senior, wide receiver, West Virginia: White had his sixth consecutive game of at least 100 yards receiving as the Mountaineers knocked off Texas Tech 37-34 on Saturday. In the win, he recorded 13 catches for 123 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.  On the season, he has caught 61 passes for 888 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for White and West Virginia is a matchup with Baylor.

12.  Kenny Hill, sophomore, quarterback, Texas A&M: Hill and the Aggies got knocked off  for the second week in a row 35-20 to the Mississippi Rebels.  In the loss, he completed 42-of-53 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns.  On the season, he has completed 66.8 percent of his passes 2,511 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Up next for Hill and the Aggies is a trip to face Alabama.

11.  Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State: after a record-setting night in a narrow loss to Cal, Halliday had his toughest night of the year in a 34-17 defeat to Stanford.  In the loss, he completed 42-of-69 passes for a season-low 292 yards and two touchdowns.  On the season, he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 3,334 and 28 touchdowns.

Up next for Halliday and the Cougars is a bye before they play Arizona.

10.  Nick Marshall, senior, quarterback, Auburn: Marshall struggled in the passing game as the Tigers got beat by 38-23 by Mississippi State. In the loss, he completed 17-of-35 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns as well as a pair of interceptions.  He also totaled 100 yards on 17 carries on the ground.  On the season, he has completed 55.4 percent of his passes for 964 yards and 10 scores as well as 492 yards and four touchdowns in the running game.

Up next for Marshall and Auburn is a bye week before a game against South Carolina.

9.  Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah and the Huskers had the week off to prepare for the second half of the Big 10 schedule.  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 trip to face Northwestern.

8.  Tevin Coleman, junior, running back, Indiana: even though Coleman had a massive effort, the Hoosiers fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 45-29.  In the loss, he carried the ball 15 times for 219 yards, including touchdown runs of 83, 45 and 69 yards.  So far this season, he has carried the ball 120 times for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He has also added 15 receptions for 134 yards.

Up next for Coleman and Indiana is a game against Michigan State.

7.  Bo Wallace, senior, quarterback, Mississippi: Wallace had his lowest output of the season through the air, but the Rebels still came away with an easier than expected 35-20 road win over Texas A&M.  In the victory, he completed 13-of-19 passes for 178 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass.  He also had a nice outing on the ground with 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  For the season, he has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Up next for Wallace and the Rebels is a visit from Tennessee.

6.  Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: amid more turmoil off the field, Winston had his best showing of the season as Florida State beat Syracuse 38-20.  In the win, he completed 30-of-36 passes for 317 yards, including touchdown passes of 4, 21 and 7 yards.  So far this season, he has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Up next for Winston and the Seminoles is a huge contest against Everett Golson and Notre Dame.

5.  Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty and the Bears had a comeback for the ages as the erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter and came away with a stunning 61-58 victory over TCU.  In the win, he completed 28-of-55 passes for 510 yards, including touchdown throws of 66, 29, 67, 47, 28 and 25 yards.  On the season, he has completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,534 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with three scores on the ground.

Up next for Petty and Baylor is a trip to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers.

4.  Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson and the Notre Dame offense did just enough to outlast North Carolina 50-43.  In the win, he completed 21-of-38 passes for 300 yards, including touchdown passes of 13, 35 and 9 yards.  He also tallied 71 yards on the ground on 12 carries.  On the season, he has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,683 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with 209 yards and four scores in the running game.

Up next for Golson is a matchup with Winston and the Seminoles.

3.  Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: Gordon had his fourth game in a row of at least 175 yards rushing as the Badgers knocked of Illinois 38-28.  In the win, he carried the ball 27 times for 175 yards, including touchdown runs of 15, 6, 30 and 1 yard.  For the season, he has carried the ball 132 times for 1,046 yards and 13 touchdowns as well as a scoring reception.

Up next for Gordon and the Badgers is a bye week before a game with Maryland.

2.  Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota and the Ducks bounced back from their first loss of the season with a convincing 42-30 win over UCLA on Saturday.  In the win, he completed 17-of-27 passes for 210 yards, including touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards.  He also added seven carries for 75 yards and two more scores for Oregon.  So far this season, he has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,621 yards and 17 touchdowns with no interceptions.  He has also put up 290 yards and five touchdowns on 49 carries in the running game.

Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a tough conference contest with Washington.

1.  Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott had a rough day in the passing game, but was dominant on the ground as the Bulldogs beat Auburn 38-23.  In the win, he completed 18-of-34 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown as well as two interceptions.  He also put up 121 yards and two scores in the running game. On the season, he has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,478 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with 576 yards and eight scores on the ground.

Up next for Prescott and the Bulldogs is a bye before they head to Kentucky.

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