Heisman Trophy tracker: Week 15

Conference championship weekend didn’t have all the thrills and excitement that everyone was expecting. Most of the big games were blowouts as some of the best players gave the Heisman voters one last look at what they could do on the field. While we weren’t treated to great games, this weekend did give us the obvious choice for the Heisman Trophy.

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

20.  Bo Wallace, senior, quarterback, Mississippi: Wallace wrapped up the season last week with a win in the Egg Bowl. On the season, he completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 3,085 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also added five rushing scores as Mississippi finished with a 9-3 record.

19.  Devontae Booker, junior, running back, Utah: Booker and the Utes finished the regular season last week with a win over Colorado. On the season, he put up 1,350 yards and nine touchdowns on 266 carries as well as 39 receptions for 282 yards and two scores for the 8-4 Utes.

18.  Devon Johnson, junior, running back, Marshall: Johnson saw limited action as the Thundering Herd knocked off Louisiana Tech to win the Conference USA championship 26-23.  In the win, he had four carries for 34 yards.

On the season, he totaled 191 carries for 1,636 yards and 16 touchdowns as well as six catches for 121 yards and two scores.

17.  Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal:  Goff and the Bears finished their season last week with a heart breaking loss to the BYU Cougars. On the season, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,973 yards and 35 touchdowns with only seven interceptions for the 5-7 Bears.

16.  Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah and the Cornhuskers ended their season last week with a close win over Iowa. On the season, he had 237 carries for 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as 16 receptions for 208 yards and three scores for a 9-3 squad.

15.  Rakeem Cato, senior, quarterback, Marshall: Cato came up big when he was needed most as the Thundering Herd came from behind to beat Louisiana Tech 26-23 to win the Conference USA title. In the win, he completed 25 of 46 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score on a 5-yard pass to Deon-Tay McManus with 1:50 left.

On the season, he threw for 3,622 yards and 37 touchdowns as well as 457 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

14.  Rashard Higgins, sophomore, wide receiver, Colorado State: Higgins and the Rams end their regular season a week ago with a loss to Air Force. On the season, he registered 89 receptions for 1,640 yards and 17 touchdowns as Colorado State finished at 10-2.

13.  James Conner, sophomore running back, Pittsburgh: Conner and the Panthers ended the regular season with a win over Miami last week to become Bowl eligible. On the season, he totaled 1,675 yards and 24 touchdowns on 277 carries for the 6-6 Panthers.

12.  Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: Hundley and the Bruins finished the Pac-12 slate a week ago when they fell at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal. On the season, he completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 3,019 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He also put up 548 yards and eight scores on the ground for the 9-3 Bruins.

11.  Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi had a solid night as the Broncos knocked off Fresno State 28-14 to secure the Mountain West Conference championship.  In the win, he carried the ball 22 times for 70 yards and a touchdown.

On the season, he rushed for 1,689 yards and 25 touchdowns while catching 45 passes for 536 yards and four scores.

10.  Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: Winston had a big game as the Seminoles held off the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 37-35 to win the ACC championship.  In the victory, he completed 21 of 30 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns.

On the season, he threw for 3,559 yards and 24 touchdowns as Florida State finished the regular season undefeated for the second consecutive year.

9.  Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler and the Trojans wrapped up an up-and-down regular season last week with a huge win over Notre Dame. On the season, he completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 3,505 yards and 36 touchdowns with only four interceptions for the 8-4 Trojans.

8.  Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty had a monster game as the Bears earned a share of the Big 12 title with a 38-27 victory over Kansas State.  In the win, he completed 34 of 40 passes for 412 yards and a touchdown.  He also added a 1-yard touchdown run as Baylor improved to 11-1.

On the season, he threw for 3,305 yards and 26 touchdowns as well as five rushing scores.

7.  Tevin Coleman, junior, running back, Indiana: Coleman and the Hoosiers finished the season a week ago with a win over Purdue. On the season, he had 270 carries for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns as well as 25 receptions for 141 yards as the Hoosiers finished at 4-8.

6.  Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott and the Bulldogs ended the regular season last week when they fell to Mississippi in the Egg Bowl. On the season, he completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,996 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also put up 939 yards and 13 touchdowns in the running game for the 10-2 Bulldogs.

5.  J.T. Barrett, freshman, quarterback, Ohio State: Without Barrett in the lineup, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Wisconsin Badgers with a 59-0 win in the Big 10 championship game.

On the season, he completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns.  He also totaled 171 carries for 938 yards and 11 scores for the 12-1 Buckeyes.

4.  Trevone Boykin, junior, quarterback, TCU: Boykin showed off his skills one more what as the Horned Frogs drilled Iowa State 55-3.  In the win, he completed 30 of 41 passes for 460 yards and four touchdowns as well as eight carries for 44 yards. To top it off, he had the first score of the game on a 55-yard touchdown catch.

On the season, he threw for 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with 642 yards and eight scores in the running game.

3.  Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper had a solid outing as the Crimson Tide used a huge fourth quarter to blast Missouri 42-13 in the SEC title game.  In the win, he caught 12 passes for 83 yards.

On the season, he registered 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns.

2.  Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: Gordon and the Badgers had no answers for the Buckeyes on either side of the ball all night long as Ohio State crushed Wisconsin 59-0.  In the loss, he carried the ball 26 times for 76 yards.

On the season, he had 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground as well as 17 catches for 151 yards and three scores.

1.  Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota showed why he is the clear favorite for the Heisman on Friday night as the Ducks avenged their only loss of the season with a 51-13 dismantling of the Arizona Wildcats.  In the win, he completed 25 of 38 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 33 yards and three scoring on the ground.

On the season, he completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with only two interceptions.  He also put up 117 carries for 669 yards and 14 scores.


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