2014 Heisman Trophy tracker: Week 11

Week 11 proved to be a fantastic week for some of the best college players in the land and a brutal one for plenty of others.  There were big losses accompanied by some less than impressive performances as well as some excellent showings in losing efforts. There were also some performances that led to separation at the top of the pack.

Here is a look at the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy based on how they have performed so far this season.

Off the list

Clint Trickett, senior, quarterback, West Virginia: Trickett and the Mountaineers had no answers for the Texas defense as they fell 33-16.  In the loss, he completed 36 of 49 passes for 248 yards and an interception.  On the season, he has completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,173 yards and 18 touchdowns.

20.  Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal:  Goff and Cal had the week off to get ready for another very difficult Pac-12 foe.  On the season, he has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,119 yards and 27 touchdowns against only four interceptions.

Up next for Goff and the Bears is a trip to face the USC Trojans.

19.  Devon Johnson, junior, running back, Marshall: Johnson did not play as the Thundering Herd destroyed Southern Mississippi 63-17.  On the season, he has carried the ball 137 times for 1,203 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns.  He has also recorded two touchdown receptions.

Up next for Johnson and Marshall is a visit from Rice.

18.  James Conner, sophomore running back, Pittsburgh: After a heartbreaking loss to Duke, Conner and the Panthers had the week off to prepare for another ACC opponent.  On the season, he has carried the ball 220 times for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Up next for Conner and Pittsburgh is a road matchup against North Carolina.

17.  Tevin Coleman, junior, running back, Indiana: Coleman had his lowest rushing output of the season as the Hoosiers dropped their fourth straight game 13-7 to Penn State.  In the loss, he carried the ball 20 times for 71 yards.  On the season, he has recorded 182 carries for 1,371 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He also has 21 catches for 132 yards.

Up next for Coleman and Indiana is a game against Rutgers.

16.  Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi had one of his best rushing games of the season as the Broncos escaped with a very tough 60-49 decision over the New Mexico Lobos.  In the win, he carried the ball 31 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a 75-yard touchdown reception.  On the season, he has totaled 1,146 yards and 14 touchdowns on 229 carries as well as 38 catches for 418 yards and three more scores.

Up next for Ajayi and Boise State is a game against San Diego State.

15.  Devontae Booker, junior, running back, Utah: Booker wasn’t his dominating self on the ground, but had a career day catching passes out of the backfield in a 51-27 loss to Oregon.  In the defeat, he carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards to go along with eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown.  On the season, he has registered 1055 yards and eight touchdowns on 201 carries as well as 21 catches for 211 yards and two scores.

Up next for Booker and the Utes is a battle against Stanford.

14.  Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson and Notre Dame took a huge hit in a turnover plagued 55-31 defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils.  In the loss, he threw for 446 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was also intercepted four times (two returned for touchdowns) and sacked seven others.  On the season, he has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,757 yards and 24 touchdowns to go along with 261 yards and seven scores in the running game.

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

13.  Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: Winston had another less than impressive outing as the Seminoles knocked off the Virgina Cavaliers 34-20.  In the win, he completed 22 of 35 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.  He also rushed for a score in the win.  On the season, he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 2,540 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with three scores on the ground.

Up next for Winston and Florida State is a game with Miami (FL).

12.  Nick Marshall, senior, quarterback, Auburn: Two very costly errors late in the fourth quarter cost Marshall and the Tigers in a devastating 41-38 defeat to Texas A&M.  In the loss, he completed 15 of 21 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown as well as 67 yards and two touchdowns rushing.  On the season, he has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,576 and 14 touchdowns.  He has also totaled 698 yards and 11 scores on 113 carries.

Up next for Marshall and the Tigers is a chance to redeem themselves against Georgia.

11.  Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: Hundley had one of his best outings of the season as the Bruins went to Washington and knocked off the Huskies 44-30.  In the win, he completed 29 of 36 passes for 302 yards, including touchdown passes of 57 and 15 yards.  He also had rushing touchdowns of 4 and 6 yards.  On the season, he has completed 72.1 percent of his passes for 2,547 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 564 yards and seven scores in the running game.

Up next for Hundley and the Bruins is a bye before a matchup with the USC Trojans.

10.  Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: The Cornhuskers had a week off to prepare for a very difficult stretch in the Big Ten campaign.  On the season, Abdullah has carried the ball 186 times for 1,250 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He also has 13 catches for 169 yards and two scores.

Up next for Abdullah and Nebraska is a matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers.

9.  Bo Wallace, senior, quarterback, Mississippi: Wallace and the Rebels stepped out of SEC for a week and came away with a lopsided victory over Presbyterian.  In the win, he completed 11 of 15 passes for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go along with a rushing score.  On the season, he has completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,556 yards and 22 touchdowns as well as four scores in the running game.

Up next for Wallace and Mississippi is a bye before a matchup with Arkansas.

8.  Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler and USC had a bye week to get ready for the stretch run of the Pac-12 schedule.  On the season, he has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

Up next for Kessler and the Trojans is a battle with the Cal Bears.

7.  J.T. Barrett, freshman, quarterback, Ohio State: After a rough start to the year, Barrett has settled in nicely for the streaking Buckeyes.  He had one of his best outings of his freshman campaign in a 49-37 win over the Michigan State Spartans.  In the victory, He completed 16 of 26 passes for 300 yards, including touchdown passes of 79, 44 and 7 yards.  He also added 86 yards and two touchdowns in the running game.  On the season, he has completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,156 yards and 26 touchdowns as well as 582 yards and eight scores on the ground.

Up next for Barrett and Ohio State is a trip to Minnesota.

6.  Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper had a solid effort as the Crimson Tide escaped LSU with a 20-13 overtime win.  In the victory, he made eight catches for 83 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown.  On the season, he has registered 79 receptions for 1,215 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Up next for Cooper and Alabama is a huge matchup with Mississippi State.

5.  Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty had a fantastic day as the Bears crushed the Oklahoma Sooners 48-14 on the road.  In the win, he completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman. On the season, he has completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,421 yards and 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions as well as three scores in the running game.

Up next for Petty and Baylor is a bye before a matchup with Oklahoma State.

4.  Trevone Boykin, junior, quarterback, TCU: Boykin was dominant with both his arm and his legs as the Horned Frogs dispatched the Kansas State Wildcats 41-20.  In the win, he completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown as well as 17 carries for 123 yards and three more scores.  On the season, he has completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,691 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He has also recorded 546 yards and seven scores in the running game.

Up next for Boykin and TCU is a game against Kansas.

3.  Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin:  Gordon had another monster day as the Badgers beat Purdue 34-16.  In the win, he carried the ball 25 times for 205 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run.  He also recorded three catches for 44 yards and another score.  On the season, he has 198 carries for 1,501 yards and 19 touchdowns as well as two touchdown receptions.

Up next for Gordon and the Badgers is a huge matchup against Nebraska.

2.  Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott and the Bulldogs stepped out of conference for an easy victory over Tennessee-Martin.  In the win, he completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a 48-yard touchdown run.  On the season, he has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He has also put up 779 yards and 11 scores in the rushing game and another touchdown on two receptions.

Up next for Prescott and the Bulldogs is a tough matchup with Alabama.

1.  Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota had another incredible performance as the Ducks knocked off the Utah Utes 51-27.  In the win, he completed 17 of 29 passes for 239 yards, including touchdown passes of 3, 6 and 34 yards.  He also carried the ball 18 times for 114 yards and a score.  On the season, he has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,780 yards and 29 touchdowns as well as 524 yards and eight scores in the running game.

Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a bye before facing the Colorado Buffaloes.

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