2014 Heisman Trophy tracker: Week 9

The Heisman race got even closer over the weekend thanks to some big performances by some of the best backs in college football.  The running backs werent the only ones to have big days as some high-profile quarterbacks continued to place themselves at the top of the list.

Here is a look at the top 20 candidates for the Heisman.

Off the list

Nelson Spruce, junior, wide receiver, Colorado: Spruce had a slow day as the Buffaloes fell 40-37 in double overtime to the UCLA Bruins.  In the loss, he caught six passes for 63 yards.  On the season, he has caught 77 passes for 864 yards and 11 touchdowns.

20.  Kevin White, senior, wide receiver, West Virginia: White found the end zone for the sixth game in a row as the Mountaineers knocked off the Oklahoma State Cowboys 34-10.  In the win, he caught just three passes for 27 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown.  On the season, he has caught 72 passes for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns.

Up next for White and West Virginia is a visit from TCU.

19.  Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal: Even though Cal lost 59-41, Goff had another solid effort.  In the defeat, he completed 32 of 52 passes for 360 yards, including touchdown passes of 11 and 5 yards.  On the season, he has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,842 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Up next for Goff and the Bears is a trip to battle Oregon State.

18.  Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi had another 100-yard game on the ground as the Broncos dismantled the BYU Cougars 55-30 on Friday night.  In the win, he carried the ball 26 times for 118 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards.  He also totaled two catches for 26 yards.  On the season, he has registered 198 carries for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as 37 receptions for 343  yards and two scores.

Up next for Ajayi and Boise State is a bye week before a trip to face New Mexico.

17.  Devon Johnson, junior, running back, Marshall: Johnson had his best game of the year as Marshall improved to 8-0 with a 35-16 win over Florida Atlantic.  In the victory, he carried the ball 24 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns.  On the season, he has registered 1,203 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 137 carries to go along with two receiving scores.

Up next for Johnson and the Thundering Herd is a bye before a road test against Southern Mississippi.

16.  Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty and Baylor had the week off to prepare for the rest of the Big 12 schedule.  For the season, he has completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 1,757 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 100 yards and three scores on the ground.

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

15.  Bo Wallace, senior, quarterback, Mississippi: Wallace and th Rebel offense didn’t have enough answers as they fell 10-7 to LSU.  In the loss, he completed 14 of 33 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown to go along 12 carries for 40 yards.  On the season, he has completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,075 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as two scores on the ground.

Up next for Wallace and the Rebels is another tough test against Auburn.

14.  Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State:  Even though the Cougars fell for the sixth time in eight chances, Halliday had another big day.  In the 59-37 loss, he completed 56 of 79 passes for 489 yards, including touchdown passes of 37, 18, 8 and 8. On the season, he has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,833 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Up next for Halliday is a games against USC.

13.  Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: Hundley put up triple-digits on the ground and through the air as the Bruins outlasted Colorado 40-37.  In the win, he completed 24 of 39 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown to go along with 12 carries for 110 yards and another score.  On the season, he has completed 70.8 percent of his passes for 2,056 and 14 touchdowns.  He has also registered 415 yards and five scores on the ground.

Up next for Hundley and the Bruins is a game against Arizona.

12.  Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler had another solid outing, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell 24-21 on the road to Utah.  In the loss, he completed 24 of 32 passes for 264 yards, including touchdown passes of 10 and 4 yards.  On the season, he has completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,148 and 20 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

Up next for Kessler and the Trojans is a road game against Washington State.

11.  Clint Trickett, senior, quarterback, West Virginia: Trickett and the West Virginia offense set the tone early with touchdowns on the first two possessions in a 34-10 victory over Oklahoma State.  In the win, he completed 21 of 30 passes for 238 yards, including touchdown passes of 19 and 79 yards.  On the season, he has completed 68.3 percent of his throws for 2,763 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Up next for Trickett and the Mountaineers is a battle with TCU.

10.  Tevin Coleman, junior, running back, Indiana: Coleman and the Hoosiers had a bye week to get ready for another Big 10 matchup.  On the season, he has carried the ball 135 times for 1,192 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 17 catches for 140 yards.

Up next for Coleman and the Hoosiers is a trip to Michigan to face the Wolverines.

9.  Devontae Booker, junior, running back, Utah: After a slow start, Booker came alive as the Utes knocked of the USC Trojans is thrilling fashion.  In the win, he carried the ball 26 times for 102 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run.  On the season, he has registered 844 yards and eight touchdowns for the 6-1 Utes.

Up next for Booker and Utah is another tough test against Arizona State.

8.  Nick Marshall, senior, quarterback, Auburn: In a battle of two great signal callers, Marshall and the Tigers knocked off Dylan Thompson and South Carolina 42-35.  In the win, Marshall completed 12 of 14 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown to go along with 10 carries for 89 yards and three more scores.  On the season, he has completed 58.3 percent of his throws for 1,103 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He has also added 581 yards and seven touchdowns on 85 carries.

Up next for Marshall and the Tigers is a trip to face the Mississippi Rebels.

7.  Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson and the Fighting Irish had the week off to prepare for one of their biggest rivals.  On the season, he has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,996 yards and 19 touchdowns to go along with 242 yards and four touchdowns in the running game.

Up next for Golson and the Irish is a game against Navy.

6.  Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: Winston and the Seminoles had a bye to prepare for another tough ACC test.  On the season, he completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 1,878 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with two rushing scores.

Up next for Winston and Florida State is a game against Louisville.

5.  Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper had another monster game as the Crimson Tide beat Tennessee 34-20 on Saturday.  In the win, he caught nine passes for 224 yards, including first quarter touchdowns of 80 and 41 yards.  On the season, he has registered 71 catches for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next for Cooper and Alabama is a bye week before a battle with LSU.

4.  Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin:  The Terrapins had no answers for the ground game of Gordon and the Badgers as Wisconsin blasted Maryland 52-7.  In the win, Gordon carried the ball 22 times for 122 yards, including first half touchdown runs of 6, 1 and 3 yards.  He also caught two passes for 12 yards.  On the season, he has carried the ball 154 times for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He has also registered eight receptions and another score.

Up next for the Badgers is a trip to face Rutgers.

3.  Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah had his fourth game with at least 200 yards as Nebraska improved to 7-1 with a 42-24 win over Rutgers.  In the victory, he carried the ball 19 times for 225 yards, including touchdown runs of 53, 48 and 23 yards.  He also made two catches for 26 yards.  On the season, he has totaled 1,249 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground and 13 catches for 169 yards and a pair of scores.

Up next for Abdullah and the Cornhuskers is a Big 10 test against Purdue.

2.  Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota threw his first interception of the season, but also threw five touchdown passes as the Ducks beat Cal 59-41 on Friday night. In the win, he completed 18 of 30 passes for 326 yards, including touchdown passes of 22, 9, 24, 54 and 21 yards.  On the season, he has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 2,283 yards and 24 touchdowns as well as 325 yards and five scores on the ground.

Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a battle with Stanford.

1.  Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State:  Prescott had another solid performance through the air and on the ground as the Bulldogs knocked off Kentucky 45-31.  In the win, he completed 18 of 33 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown to go along with 18 carries for 88 yards and a pair of scores.  On the season, he completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards and 15 touchdowns.  He has also tallied 664 yards and ten scores in the running game.

Up next for Prescott and Mississippi State is a matchup with Arkansas.

Advertisements

2 comments

    1. Clearly I know who both signal callers are. Carden has been right on the edge of my list for well over a month. As for Cato, even though Marshall is unblemished, 250 per game and 2.5 td’s isnt Heisman worthy when you dont play tough competition IMO.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s