After a crazy opening weekend of college football, there is a much different look to the race for the Heisman Trophy. There were big performances, lackluster showings and some crazy finishes. There were also some significant injuries to some of the most prominent candidates that have already ended their seasons.
Here is a look at how some of the best players in the college game played during week one.
Chuckie Keeton, quarterback, senior, Utah State
Keeton had a very difficult outing as the Aggies barely escaped with a 12-9 win over Southern Utah. He completed just 16 of 33 passes for 110 yards and an interception. His production on the ground wasn’t any better as he had six carries for just seven yards.
Up next for Keeton and the Aggies is a Friday night matchup with Utah.
KD Cannon, wide receiver, sophomore, Baylor
Cannon recorded just three receptions in the Bears’ 56-21 win over SMU. but all were for big yards. He finished with 104 yards on his three catches, including a 36-yard touchdown from Seth Russell that gave Baylor a two touchdown lead late in the first quarter.
Up next for Cannon and the Bears is a game with Lamar on Saturday.
Cayleb Jones, wide receiver, junior, Arizona
Jones had a solid first week as the Wildcats knocked off the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners 42-32. He finished with three catches for 49 yards, including a four-yard touchdown to give Arizona a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Up next for the Wildcats is a road contest with Nevada on Saturday.
Royce Freeman, running back, sophomore, Oregon
Freeman had a monster night as the Ducks outlasted the Eastern Washington Eagles 61-42. He totaled 21 carries for 180 yards, including a pair of one-touchdown runs and another score from three yards out. He added two receptions for the 18 yards.
Up next for Freeman and the Ducks is a Saturday night battle with Michigan State.
Josh Doctson, running back, senior, TCU
Doctson started out his senior year in style as the Horned Frogs held on to beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 23-17 on Thursday night. He totaled a team-high eight receptions for 74 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown.
Up next for Doctson and TCU is a game on Saturday against Stephen F Austin.
Paul Perkins, running back, senior, UCLA
Perkins didn’t put up big rushing numbers, but had a solid game as the Bruins beat Virginia 34-16. He totaled 14 carries for 59 yards to go along with a team-high five catches for 58 yards.
Up next for Perkins and UCLA is a road matchup with UNLV on Saturday.
Devon Johnson, running back, senior, Marshall
Johnson got it done on the ground and in the passing game as the Thundering Herd beat Purdue 41-31. He had 11 carries for 89 yards, including a six-yard fourth quarter touchdown run to give Marshall the lead. He added two catches for 27 yards and another score.
Up next for Johnson and Marshall is a road test against Ohio on Saturday.
Gunner Kiel, quarterback, junior, Cincinnati
Kiel had a great showing as the Bearcats hammered Alabama A&M 52-10. He completed 18 of 22 throws for 233 yards, including first-half touchdown passes of 6 and 47 yards before he was replaced.
Up next for Kiel and Cincinnati is a game with Temple on Saturday.
Nelson Spruce, wide receiver, senior, Colorado
Spruce had some solid production as the Colorado Buffaloes fell 28-20 on the road to Hawaii. He finished with eight receptions for a team-high 69 yards.
Up next for Spruce and the Buffaloes is a battle with UMass on Saturday.
Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver, junior, South Carolina
Cooper was used all over the offense as the Gamecocks beat North Carolina 17-13 on Thursday. He finished with three catches for a team-high 45 yards and a touchdown to go along with four carries for 20 yards. He also completed one of two pass attempts.
Up next for Cooper and South Carolina is a SEC contest with Kentucky on Saturday.
Derrick Henry, running back, junior, Alabama
Henry was a beast as the Crimson Tide beat up Wisconsin 35-17. He carried the ball 13 times for 147 yards, including touchdown runs of 37, 56 and 2 yards to go along with two receptions for another 12 yards.
Up next for Henry and Alabama is a matchup with Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Corey Davis, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan
Davis had a huge performance as the Broncos fell 37-24 to the Michigan State Spartans. He managed 10 catches for a game-high 154 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
Up next for Davis and Western Michigan is a road game against Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Corey Clement, running back, junior, Wisconsin
Clement had a rough go of it as the Badgers got beat 35-17 by the Alabama Crimson Tide. He finished with just eight carries for 16 yards while adding two catches for 19 yards.
Up next for Clement and Wisconsin is a game with Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
Jared Goff, quarterback, junior, Cal
Goff had a monster first half performance as the Bears destroyed the Grambling State Tigers 73-14. He completed 24 of 32 passes for 309 yards, including touchdowns of 3, 19 and 16 yards to Kenny Lawler.
Up next should be a much tougher contest as the Bears face San Diego State.
Brandon Doughty, quarterback, senior, Western Kentucky
Doughty had a nice showing as the Hilltoppers beat Vanderbilt 14-12. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 209 yards, including a nine-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee to give Western Kentucky and eight-point lead.
Up next is a matchup with Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
Malik Zaire, quarterback, junior, Notre Dame
Zaire had a breakout performance as the Fighting Irish dismantled the Texas Longhorns 38-3. He completed 19 of 22 passes for 313 yards, including touchdown passes of 16, 66 and 6 yards. He added nine carries for 16 yards in the running game.
Up next for Zaire and Notre Dame is a game with Virginia on Saturday.
Leonard Fournette, running back, sophomore, LSU
Fournette didnt have much of a chance to show off his skills as the game between the Tigers and McNeese State was cancelled due to lightning, according to ESPN.com.
Up next is a matchup with Mississippi State on Saturday night.
Devontae Booker, running back, senior, Utah
Booker was solid on the ground and in the passing game as the Utah Utes knocked off the Michigan Wolverines 24-17 on Thursday night. He had 22 carries for 69 yards, including a one-yard touchdown to go along with a team-high seven catches for 55 yards.
Up next is an instate battle with Utah State on Friday night.
William Fuller, wide receiver, junior, Notre Dame
Fuller had a massive game as the Fighting Irish crushed the Texas Longhorns 38-3. He recorded a game-high seven receptions for 142 yards, including touchdowns catches of 16 and 66 yards.
Up next is a matchup with Virginia on Saturday.
Connor Cook, quarterback, senior, Michigan State
Cook had a decent outing as the Michigan State Spartans beat the Western Michigan Broncos 37-24. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Up next for Cook and the Spartans is a Saturday night game with the Oregon Ducks.
Corey Coleman, wide receiver, junior, Baylor
Coleman started off the season with a bang as the Bears handled the SMU Mustangs 56-21. He had five catches for a team-leading 178 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown to give Baylor a 49-21 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Up next for Coleman and the Bears is a battle with Lamar on Saturday.
Seth Russell, quarterback, junior, Baylor
Russell put up some big numbers even though he struggled with his completion percentage in Baylor’s 56-21 win over SMU. He completed just 15 of his 30 throws (50 percent) for 376 yards, including touchdowns passes of 7, 36, 22, 41 and 57 yards. He added six carries for 59 yards and another score.
Up next for Russell and the Bears is a Saturday contest with Lamar.
Braxton Miller, wide receiver, senior, Ohio State
While most of the discussion was about who would start at quarterback, the transition of Miller to wide receiver was the key to the Ohio State win over Virginia Tech. He caught two passes for 78 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown. He added six carries for 62 yards and another long touchdown.
Up next for the Buckeyes is a battle with Hawaii next Saturday.
Deshaun Watson, quarterback, sophomore, Clemson
Watson had an impressive showing in the Tigers big victory over the Wofford Terriers on Saturday. He completed 18 of 22 passes for 194 yards, including touchdown throws of 4 and 35 yards. He added two carries for 22 yards before he was replaced in the 49-10 win.
Up next for Watson and Clemson is a matchup with Appalachian State.
Taysom Hill, quarterback, senior, BYU
Saw his Heisman hopes disappear with a season-ending foot injury in the Cougars’ come-from-behind 33-28 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Before going out for good, he completed 21 of 34 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for a game-high 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Scooby Wright, linebacker, junior, Arizona
Wright was one of the great players to suffer an injury during his first game of the year. He went out in the first quarter with a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. He had surgery to repair the damage and is expected to miss up to four weeks, according to an Arizonasports.com story.
James Conner, running back, junior, Pittsburgh
Conner was one of the big name players who suffered a season ending injury during week one. The junior running back was off to a terrific start before going out. He had eight carries for 77 yards, including a pair of first quarter touchdown runs. He added a reception for seven yards. Coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday that Conner will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL, according to a ESPN.com story from David M. Hale.
Samaje Perine, running back, sophomore, Oklahoma
Perine found the end zone as the Sooners crushed the Akron Zips 41-3. He finished with 11 carries for 33 yards, including a two-yard second quarter touchdown run. He added two catches for nine yards.
Up next for Perine and the Sooners is a battle with Tennessee on Saturday.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, senior, Mississippi State
Prescott showed why he is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country in a 34-16 win over Southern Mississippi. He completed 22 of 38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns to go along with eight carries for 72 yards and another score.
Up next is a battle with SEC foe LSU on Saturday night.
Rashard Higgins, wide receiver, junior, Colorado State
Higgins had a nice start of the season as the Colorado State Rams beat the Savannah State Tigers 65-13. He totaled seven receptions for 84 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown catch.
Up next is a matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
Nick Chubb, running back, sophomore, Georgia
Chubb had a nice first outing as the Bulldogs drilled Louisiana Monroe 51-14. He finished with 16 carries for 120 yards, including first half touchdown runs of 14 and 23 yards.
Up next for Chubb and Georgia is a Saturday afternoon SEC tilt with Vanderbilt.
Ezekiel Elliott, running back, junior, Ohio State
Elliott did most of his damage on one carry as Ohio State came from behind to beat Virginia Tech 42-24 on Monday. He totaled 11 carries for 122 yards, including an 80-yard first quarter touchdown run. He added two catches for 16 yards.
Up next is a battle with Hawaii on Saturday.
Cardale Jones, quarterback, junior, Ohio State
Jones got the call as the starter and had a nice showing as the Buckeyes beat Virginia Tech 42-24. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 186 yards, including touchdown passes of 24 and 54 yards. He added 13 carries for 99 yards and another score.
Up next is a matchup with Hawaii on Saturday.
Cody Kessler, quarterback, senior, USC
Kessler had an impressive start to his senior year as the Trojans beat the Arkansas State Wolves 55-6. He completed 19 of his 26 passes for 236 yards, including touchdown passes of 61, 14, 2 and 8 yards.
Up next is a matchup with Idaho on Saturday.
Trevone Boykin, quarterback, senior, TCU
Boykin got it done with his arm and his legs as TCU beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 23-17. He completed 26 of 42 passes for 246 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass. He added 18 carries for a game-high 92 yards and a 19-yard touchdown run.
Up next for Boykin and the Horned Frogs is a matchup with Stephen F Austin.